|Annual road tax||£125|
|Service intervals||1 year/20,000|
|Euro NCAP rating||5-star|
When you're buying within a strict budget limit of up to £5000, the Vauxhall Corsa stands out as superb value, and that's why it's our favourite used small car.
The sheer number of Corsas on the market means that even dealer prices are at rock bottom and you won't have trouble finding the engine and trim combination you want.
Despite the Corsa's fairly dinky overall dimensions, it still has enough room for four adults with an impressive boot (featuring clever under-floor storage) behind. It's easily big enoug h to cope with the weekly shopping trip.
There's a baffling line-up of engines and trims to wade through, but we think that the 1.2-litre Design AC is easily the best bet. The 79bhp on offer is enough to make the Corsa feel grown up enough in town and on faster A- and B-roads, and the 1.2 does a decent average of 48.7mpg.
Design AC trim gives you 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, electric front windows and heated door mirrors on top of the Corsa's standard CD player and central locking.
Your Corsa shouldn't have to spend much time in the garage either, because the little Vauxhall did well in our reliability survey. Axle and suspension issues were the most widely reported issues, but repairs were cheap, averaging £304.