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Best used city cars for less than Β£2000 (and the ones to avoid)

A bargain-basement city car is one of the most wallet-friendly ways of getting around, but cheap doesn't have to mean cheerless, as our guide proves

Words ByAlex Robbins

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4. Toyota Aygo

Smartly styled and remarkably economical, it’s no wonder the Toyota Aygo was such a huge hit, along with its sister cars, the CitroΓ«n C1 and Peugeot 107. Its 1.0-litre engine is zippy around town, its funky dashboard is more interesting than most city cars’, and its handling is responsive. Just keep in mind that the Aygo gets noisy on the motorway and that space in the back and boot is rather cramped.

We found: 2007 Plus, 38,000 miles, Β£1995

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2=. Peugeot 107

Being essentially the same car underneath, the Peugeot 107 shares the Toyota Aygo’s strengths and weaknesses – it’s great fun around town, but not so competent out on the open road. But the 107 (and the CitroΓ«n C1) is more common and a fraction cheaper, which makes it a slightly better buy.

We found: 2009 Verve, 67,000 miles, Β£1995

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2=. CitroΓ«n C1

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The only difference between the CitroΓ«n C1 and its sister cars is the badge and some minor styling tweaks, but like the 107, generally speaking the C1 is a shade better value on the used market than the Aygo. Whichever model of the three you choose, though, avoid examples with the jerky automatic gearbox.

We found: 2007 Vibe, 48,000 miles, Β£1781

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