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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24 Aug 2016 06:00 | Last updated: 2 Oct 2018 16:37

Used Skoda Fabia 15 - present


If you ignore some of the cheaper-feeling interior plastics and concentrate on what the Skoda Fabia really is – a less expensive Volkswagen Polo – then you can understand why we made the Fabia our Car of the Year in 2015. If you stick with SE specification cars, you get an impressive level of equipment for a very attractive price. What’s more, the Fabia has lots of interior space for a car of its size and a comfortable ride, which makes it an excellent choice.

We found: 2017 1.2 TSI (90ps) SE, 4200 miles, £9845

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And the small cars to avoid…

Nissan Micra


Used Nissan Micra Hatchback (10 - 16)


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


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