Five-star cars for less than £20,000

These five-star models are all proof that you don't need to shell out a fortune to get a fantastic car, whether you're shopping for a family hatchback, an SUV or even a sports car...

Five-star cars for less than £20,000

Five-star cars for less than £20,000

If you buy a car that achieved our top five-star rating, then you can be certain that you're getting one of the best cars on the market today.

You might think that you'll be forced to pay through the nose for the privilege of owning one of these. However, there's actually a variety of five-star cars available for less than £20,000. From city cars to SUVs, there's something for everybody.

Click through to the next image to discover our round-up of five-star cars that you can buy right now for less than £20,000.

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Price from £18,235 Target Price £16,448

The Golf continues to be a popular choice for those seeking a practical family hatchback. What's more, it's fully deserving of its success, blending a comfortable ride with class-leading refinement and a spacious and classy interior. It might be a little pricier than some rivals, and its boot isn't the biggest around, but in every other respect it's a superb car.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf review

Find a great Volkswagen Golf deal

Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca

Price from £18,675 Target Price £16,214

The Ateca is one of the best family SUVs around, even if its crown was stolen by the Volvo XC40 at this year's Car of the Year awards. Keen pricing makes the Ateca one of the cheapest SUVs of this size on sale, but a spacious interior and excellent handling ensure it's also one of the best. Our preferred SE trim gets you rear parking sensors, along with an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, 17in alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity.

Read our full Seat Ateca review

Find a great Seat Ateca deal

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Price from £13,715 Target Price £12,907

The Fiesta is consistently one of the best-selling new cars in the UK, so it's pleasing to note that it's also among the best cars in this class to drive. It's well equipped and even entry-level models come with plenty of safety kit including automatic emergency braking.

Read our full Ford Fiesta review

Find a great Ford Fiesta deal

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

Price from £18,995 Target Price £17,965

What we love most about the MX-5 is that, despite offering peppy performance and engaging handling, plus a decent level of standard equipment, it's still nearly impossible to spend a lot of money on one. Our favourite version mixes a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine with SE-L Navigation trim.

Read our full Mazda MX-5 review

Find a great Mazda MX-5 deal

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

Price from £18,995 Target Price £18,995

The previous Fiesta ST was one of our favourite hot hatchbacks, mainly because while it was excellent fun to drive quickly, being based on the regular Fiesta meant it was also very easy to live with. The new model features a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 197bhp, and can sprint to 60mph in 6.5 seconds. It's more expensive than the old ST, but is still one of the best hot hatches around.

Read our full Ford Fiesta ST review

Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Price from £16,750 Target Price £14,795

The Arona is one of the newest entries to the small SUV class, but we've been impressed with what we've found so far. In fact, we named it as our Small SUV of the Year at the most recent What Car? Car of the Year Awards. It's roomier inside than most rivals, good to drive and predicted to hold onto its value very well. The fact that its interior can't quite match up to premium rivals in terms of quality is only a small negative.

Read our full Seat Arona review

Find a great Seat Arona deal

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

Price from £17,700 Target Price £15,263

It's easy to see why the Octavia is such a recommendable family car. It offers a huge amount of space inside, a strong range of engines and comes with plenty of equipment as standard. Sure, it's not as plush inside as some rivals, but the Octavia should definitely be on your shopping list if you're looking for a comfortable cruiser that can handle your family and their luggage with ease.

Read our full Skoda Octavia review

Find a great Skoda Octavia deal

Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza 2018 UK cornering shot

Price from £14,255 Target Price £11,764

Few cars have impressed us as much in recent times as the Ibiza. It's based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo and offers a spacious yet classy interior and a remarkably spacious boot. It's also good to drive, coming close to the Ford Fiesta in terms of handling. A Skoda Fabia is cheaper to buy, though.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review

Find a great Seat Ibiza deal

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Price from £13,860 Target Price £12,978

The latest Polo is one of the best small cars around – it's spacious, quiet at speed and irons out many of the lumps and bumps you'll find on UK roads. Interior quality can be a little patchy in places, though, and the diesel versions are noisy.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review

Find a great Volkswagen Polo deal

Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

Price from £20,880 Target Price £19,475

While the Karoq just slips from this list if you pay its asking price, if you stick to What Car?'s Target Price then you can buy one for less than £20,000. And buy you should, because the Karoq is comfortable, spacious and well equipped.

Read our full Skoda Karoq review

Find a great Skoda Karoq deal

More five-star cars

More five-star cars

So those are all of our five-star cars which you can buy for less than £20,000. But what if you've got a large family in need of seven seats? Well you're in luck, because in this next story we've rounded up all of our five-star cars which will also allow you to take six passengers with you.

Next: Five-star cars with seven seats >

Related cars