7. Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Zetec Powershift 5dr
List price: £16,795
There's an awful lot to like about the Ford Fiesta, and that includes its Powershift automatic gearbox, which is particularly good when combined with the punchy 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. True, this combination does push the cost above £15,000 if you also go for our favoured Zetec trim, but robust negotiating will still shave a sizeable lump off that price, especially since the all-new Fiesta arrives in July.
6. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav Auto
List price: £18,295
The latest Renault Clio has been well received, and offers a stylish alternative to the Ford Fiesta. Our favourite engine is the strong but efficient 1.5-litre diesel, while as its name suggests Dynamique Nav specification gets you an on-board sat-nav too.
5. Seat Leon 1.4 EcoTSI 150 FR Technology 5dr DSG
Target Price: £22,700
Ok, so technically this Leon's list price does push it above the £20,000 mark, but thankfully our Target Price, which shows you the most you should pay for a new car, brings it back within budget. Good thing, too, because this version of the Leon is our favourite, and makes the car an excellent all-rounder.
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