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...

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What Car? team
15 January 2018

Used Hyundai i20 15-present
Mazda 2

Efficient engines, a great infotainment system and a smart-looking interior – where Mazda has emulated Audi to some extent – make the Mazda 2 a decent used car purchase. It’s fun to drive, too. However, road noise is greater than in some rivals, which means you might have to put up with a slightly less relaxing driving experience.

We found: 2017 1.5 SE-L Nav, 6800 miles, £9999

Read the used Mazda 2 review

6. Hyundai i20

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 1.0 GT Turbo Edition 5dr, 14,000 miles, £9799

Read the used Hyundai i20 review

5. Renault Clio

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 1.2 Dynamique Nav 5dr, 2508 miles, £9995

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