Best used small cars for less than Β£10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

Small cars can be fun, distinctive and high-quality alternatives to larger vehicles. Here are 10 of the best for less than Β£10,000

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1. Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is a bestseller for good reason. Ford knows how to do small cars well and the attractive Fiesta was another feather in its cap, with class-leading ride and handling qualities, plus a vast amount of engine choices to suit enthusiasts and misers in equal measure. Its infotainment system was always a downside as it peppered the dashboard with buttons, but the rest of the package is so good that it’s hardly a deal-breaker.

We found: 2016 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 5dr 2,345 miles Β£9647

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And the small cars to avoid…

Nissan Micra

Plenty about this generation of Nissan Micra felt half-hearted, meaning it failed even to come close to matching the best in class in many areas. The latest model is much better.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Cheap and nasty inside, woefully lethargic to drive and not even all that cheap to buy – it’s very hard to justify choosing the Mirage over… well, anything.

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