Best used small cars for less than £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 £10,000...

15 January 2018
Renault Clio

7. Renault Clio

The Renault Clio has been a popular choice for all of those seeking a good-looking, refined and grown-up small car. Picking Dynamique Nav means you get sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen and keyless entry. The 1.5 dCi 90 offers the best fuel economy but, unless you’re planning to do lots of motorway miles, you’ll probably be better off with the 0.9 TCE petrol.

We found: 2018 Renault Clio 0.9 TCe Dynamique Nav 5dr, 16,870 miles, £8000

Used Hyundai i20 15-present

Handsome looks, generous standard equipment levels and plenty of interior space mean there’s a lot to like about the i20. The ride is a little unsettled around town and it doesn’t handle quite as well as the best on offer. However, Hyundai performs strongly in reliability surveys, and this is backed up to some degree by the five-year warranty, which should make ownership relatively stress-free.

We found: 2017 Hyundai i20 1.0 GT Turbo Edition 5dr, 13,009 miles, £8491

Used Mini Hatchback 14-present

Small cars don’t come much more desirable than the Mini. It handles well, comes with a large range of engines and has a funky, high-quality interior. And with so many different paint colours, you’ll rarely find two Minis that are the same. True, you lose out on boot space and the rear seats are pretty cramped, but if practicality isn’t so much of an issue, there’s no doubt the Mini is a car that appeals to the heart.

We found: 2017 Mini Hatch 1.5 Cooper 5dr, 17,533 miles, £9990

Read the used Mini hatchback review

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