5-star cars for less than £25,000

These five-star models are all proof that you don't need to shell out a fortune to get a fantastic car, whether you're shopping for a city car, a family hatchback, an SUV or even a spacious estat...

27 June 2019
Volkswagen Golf front three quarter

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. These cars are nearly always at the top of their respective classes, and among them are plenty of What Car? Car of the Year Award winners too.

You might think that you'll be forced to pay through the nose for the privilege of owning one of these cars, but there's actually a variety of five-star cars available for less than £25,000, 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 right now for less than £25,000.


Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto 2019 front left tracking shot

Our recommended version: 1.25 3 5dr | List price: £13,150 | Target Price: £12,534

Our reigning city car champion offers tidy handling, a good-size boot by the standards of the class and excellent infotainment on upper trim levels. It's good to drive and reasonably practical, too.

Seat Ibiza

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI 95 FR | List price: £17,240 | Target Price: £15,229

The Ibiza is a fantastic choice in the small car market. It's deceptively spacious inside, comes with a range of peppy engines and is great to drive. In short, it's a fantastic choice.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review, or see our latest Ibiza deals


Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI 95 SE | List price: £16,450 | Target Price: £15,240

The Polo is the best small car you can buy right now, offering a superb interior that's surprisingly spacious, impressive refinement and a strong petrol engine range, of which this 1.0-litre version is our favourite.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review, or see our latest Polo deals


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