Best used city cars for less than £10,000
Used city cars provide hassle-free transport that's cheap, simple and, in the case of these modern offerings, cheerful...
1. Kia Picanto
City cars generally get relegated to second car status because of their skimpy equipment levels and meagre engines, but the Kia Picanto bucks this trend by offering lots of big car features and some sprightly motors.
Go for mid-range 2 trim and you’ll get everything you’ll need, but we’d suggest splashing out on 3, since it gets you a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, a rear-view camera, climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors. We’d also opt for the more powerful 1.25-litre engine over the 1.0-litre for better performance out of town. The 1.0-litre turbo is better still, but that comes only with sporty-looking GT-Line trim, which isn’t as well equipped as 3.
If the equipment level wasn’t enough reason for the Picanto to win, consider the fact that if you buy one through Kia’s approved used scheme, the manufacturer will top up the warranty back to 7 years (only for cars that are no older than two years), while you’ll be saving thousands off the price of a new one.
Its low-speed ride may be a bit firm, but the Picanto is good to drive, and its light steering makes it a doddle to park. Ideal for a small city car, really.
We found 2018 Kia Picanto 1.25 3, 13,542 miles, £9950
And the used city cars to avoid…
It’s hard to see why you’d pick the flimsy, noisy and nasty-to-drive Chevrolet Spark.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is noisy, poorly built and uncomfortable yet not even cheap to buy. Steer well clear.