Top 10 used city cars for less than Β£5000 (and the ones to avoid)

Whether you're after something cute and classy or just cracking good value, there's a city car to suit – even if you've only got Β£5000 to spend

Words By Alex Robbins

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1. Volkswagen Up

Yes, it’s more costly than the closely related Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo – but the Volkswagen Up has the benefit of a different, more upmarket dashboard constructed from higher-quality plastics, and that in our view makes it worth the small extra cost – assuming you can stretch to it. What’s more, the Up is more distinctive than either of its brethren and shares with them a fantastic combination of ride quality and driver enjoyment, not to mention plenty of internal space.

We found: 2013 1.0 Move Up, 30,000 miles, Β£4998

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And the city cars to avoid…

Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Alto is surprisingly expensive for what it is, yet it suffers from a poor-quality interior, a tiny boot, an unsettled ride and ponderous handling.

Ford Ka

Behind the second-generation Ford Ka's cute looks lies a car that’s poorly equipped, noisy and rather expensive, even though it feels cheaply made. Best to steer clear.

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