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Five-star cars for less than £20,000

These five-star models are all proof that you don't need to shell out loads for a fantastic car – they're all available for less than £20,000

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Five-star cars for less than £20,000

If you buy a car that achieved our top five-star rating, then you can be certain that you're getting one of the best cars on the market today.

You might think that you'll be forced to pay through the nose for the privilege of owning one of these cars. However, there's actually a variety of five-star cars available for less than £20,000, and one that you can pick up for less than half that. From city cars to SUVs, there's something for everybody.

Here's our round-up of five-star cars that you can buy for less than £20,000.

Five-star cars to buy for less than £20,000

Renault Zoe

Price from: £18,995 Our pick: Dynamique Nav

The Renault Zoe is one of our favourite electric cars – in fact, we named it as our Electric Car of the Year at the 2017 What Car? Awards. It's quiet and easy to drive, has plenty of range and its low running costs make it very easy to recommend. Our recommended Dynamique Nav model comes with everything you're likely to want, including a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, sat-nav, rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

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Mazda MX-5

Price from: £18,495 Our pick: 2.0 SE-L Nav

If driving fun is a high priority for your next car, then the Mazda MX-5 should be at the very top of your list. Not only is the MX-5 great fun on the open road, it's also got a quality interior and a refined and fairly economical range of petrol engines. It's also the only new two-seat sports car you can buy at this price level - its closest competitor would be the Toyota GT86, and that's around £7900 more expensive.

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Hyundai i10

Price from: £8995 Our pick: 1.2 Premium SE 5dr

The i10 is our favourite city car of 2017. It's cheap to buy and run, and is ideal for use around town, where its tight turning circle, light steering and small dimensions make practical sense. Rivals such as the Volkswagen Up have classier interiors, and entry-level versions of the i10 don't get important kit, such as air-con, but the i10's charm is hard to ignore. Opt for our recommended Premium SE version and you'll also get a heated steering wheel and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.

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