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18 August 2009

Cheap and cheerful

Name Anita Ganguly
Age 23
Drives Nothing, yet
Budget 7000
Wants 'Something small that's cheap! It's my first car, so a low insurance group is obviously the priority, but fuel economy is also important.

My dad will want to use it, too.'

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Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i 3dr
Price 7484
Target Price 7049

If Anita haggles hard, she should be able to pick up this entry-level Aygo for 7000. It doesn't come with much in the way of equipment, but is cheap to insure and should return a whopping 62mpg. 

Volkswagen Fox 1.2 Urban, '09/09
Price 6600

The VW badge means the Fox will hang on to its value well. It's also good to drive, but the 1.2-litre petrol engine is noisy and you don't get much equipment as standard. 

Fiat 500 1.2 Pop, '08/57
Price 7000

Underneath it's much the same as a Fiat Panda but, let's face it, the 500 looks a lot sexier. Early 500s are creeping below the 7k mark, and this entry-level version sits in insurance group two.