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Best cars for less than Β£10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

We name the cars you should consider if you're looking for a cheap new car – and the ones to steer clear of

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The best cheap small new cars

If you're after a new small hatchback, there's lots of fine cars to choose from. And what's even better is that you don't have to spend more than Β£10,000.

True, if you go cheap, you won't necessarily end up feeling cheerful. But while there are some sub-Β£10k cars out there that we would recommend avoiding, we've highlighted those, too.

When you've decided which car you like, you can find a great deal on it by clicking on the relevant review or going direct to our car deals pages.

But first, here's our pick of the new cars on sale today if you're on a budget.

The best cars for less than Β£10,000:

10. Toyota Aygo

Price from: Β£9136

The Toyota Aygo is one of the most stylish budget car options and is cheap to run. Plus, it comes with a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system. It's not all good news, though, because there's less space than you'll find in most rivals, and the Aygo's 1.0-litre petrol engine is noisy.

What Car? rating: Rated 3 out of 5

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9. CitroΓ«n C1

Price from: Β£8495

Under the skin, the CitroΓ«n C1 is almost identical to the Toyota Aygo; the two cars are built in the same factory and have most of the same stengths and weaknesses. However, the CitroΓ«n is slightly cheaper to buy.

What Car? rating: Rated 3 out of 5

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8. Peugeot 108

Price from: Β£8495

Another car that's related to the Aygo, the Peugeot 108 matches the C1's tempting entry price. However, the 108 is available with extra technology and a wide variety of styling options that let you customise the car, hence its higher ranking.

What Car? rating: Rated 3 out of 5

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