The cheapest cars from every brand revealed
From Abarth to Volvo, we name the cheapest models you can buy from every car maker, and reveal how much our Target Price deals could save you...
The cheapest cars from every brand revealed
In this story, we're revealing the cheapest models made by every car maker, so whether you've been looking for a new small or family hatchback, executive saloon, SUV or even a sports car, we've got you covered.
In each case, you can follow the links to read more about the model in our full review, and see how much we can save you through the free What Car? New Car Buying service.
Model 595 | Version 1.4 T-Jet 70th Anniversary 3dr | List Price £17,325 | Target Price £17,325 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 2
Abarth is Fiat's performance arm, and the 595 is an undoubtedly stylish hot hatchback which offers impressive straight-line performance and agile handling on country roads. It's not as involving to drive as rivals, though, and poor ergonomics let it down.
Model Giulietta | Version 1.4 TB Sprint | List Price £22,495 | Target Price £21,489 | Target PCP £216 | Star Rating 2
If you're in the market for a new family hatchback, the Giulietta might appeal to you thanks to its sharp styling and relative affordability. There are some good engines on offer, too, but interior quality, ride comfort and rear space are all sub-par for this class.
Model A110 | Version 1.9L Turbo Pure DCT | List Price £49,005 | Target Price £49,005 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 5
The A110 is one of our favourite sports cars, proving that a big engine and huge footprint aren't needed to put a smile on your face. It offers truly involving and entertaining handling and rapid performance, but is also comfortable. There's not much space for your luggage, but you'll be having too much fun to care.
Model Vantage | Version ZF 8 speed auto | List Price £122,865 | Target Price £122,865 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
Ever wanted to be like Bond? Well, driving an Aston Martin Vantage is sure to get you close to feeling like a secret agent. It has a fantastic engine and engaging handling to go with its jaw-dropping looks, but a McLaren 540C is even better to drive.
Model A1 | Version 25 TFSI Technik | List Price £19,055 | Target Price £18,328 | Target PCP £186 | Star Rating 4
The cheapest way to drive something with an Audi badge is with the A1, a small hatchback that offers a smooth ride, tidy handling and pleasantly quiet refinement. The cheapest version, the 25 TFSI, gets you a 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is likely to be perfectly adequate around town. Meanwhile, Technik trim gets you 15in alloy wheels and air conditioning.
Model Bentayga | Version 4.0 V8 auto | List Price £151,900 | Target Price £151,900 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
This ultra-luxury SUV has a beautiful, hand-finished interior and comes with every piece of equipment you're ever likely to want. It's not as sharp to drive as the rival Aston Martin DBX, or as cosseting as a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, but this V8-engined version should offer effortless performance, everywhere.
Model 1 Series | Version 118i SE Drive [Live Cockpit Professional] | List Price £25,910 | Target Price £24,420 | Target PCP £258 | Star Rating 4
The cheapest version of the 1 Series actually gets the engine we recommend – a 1.5-litre petrol which produces 138bhp and serves up sprightly performance. Team that with SE Drive trim, which gets you 16in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, and cruise control, and you'll be set with a fine family hatchback. We especially like its infotainment system and sporty handling.
Model C1 | Version 1.0 VTi 72 Live 3dr | List Price £10,330 | Target Price £8785 | Target PCP £167 | Star Rating 2
This small hatchback is competitively priced, even before you take our discount into consideration, and has a few personalisation options available, so you can truly make your car your own. Trouble is, it's outclassed in most areas by rivals, which offer better rear space and interior quality, and a more settled ride.
Model Formentor | Version 1.5 TSI 150 V1 | List Price £27,395 | Target Price £26,988 | Target PCP £260 | Star Rating 4
With sure-footed handling, a smart interior and lots of kit, there's plenty to like about the Formentor. The entry-level 148bhp petrol engine you get here is our recommended choice, while even V1 trim gets you three-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.
Model Sandero | Version 1.0 SCe Access | List Price £7990 | Target Price £7990 | Target PCP £97 | Star Rating 4
The Sandero isn't just the cheapest car on this list, it's the cheapest new car you can buy in the UK. Don't think that means it's full of compromises, though, because it's both spacious and comfortable, and represents astounding value for money. You're getting the bare-bones Access version here, which doesn't even come with a radio, but upgrading to our favourite Comfort trim won't cost you a lot more.
Model DS 3 Crossback | Version 1.2 Puretech Elegance | List Price £22,995 | Target Price £22,074 | Target PCP £266 | Star Rating 2
You're unlikely to see many DS-badged cars on UK roads, and for some that will make the DS 3 appealing enough, as will its good standard safety equipment, its clean engines and the availability of a fully electric version. Sadly, despite being the cheapest car in the DS range, it's expensive to buy and has less space in its boot and rear seats than rivals.
Model Portofino | Version M | List Price £188,000 | Target Price £188,000 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
The idea of a "cheap" Ferrari may seem like sacrilege, but the Portofino M is indeed the entry point into this particular prancing horse's stable. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine which produces a heady 612bhp, and is available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Read our full Ferrari Portofino review >>
Model Panda | Version 1.0 Mild Hybrid | List Price £12,025 | Target Price £11,610 | Target PCP £166 | Star Rating 1
It might have lots of charm and quirky character, but sadly there's little to recommend about the Fiat Panda. It's not very safe, it's cramped in the rear and rivals are much better to drive.
Model Fiesta | Version 1.1 75 Trend 3dr | List Price £16,640 | Target Price £15,616 | Target PCP £160 | Star Rating 4
There's a good reason why the Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars in the UK – it's good to drive, well priced and there's a version to suit everyone. This entry-level model teams a 74bhp petrol engine with Trend trim, which comes with 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system.
Model Civic | Version 1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 S | List Price £21,530 | Target Price £19,688 | Target PCP £253 | Star Rating 3
The Civic is one of the more comfortable family cars you can buy, with a good ride and tidy handling, plus a big boot to store all your luggage. The 124bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine you get with this version has all the acceleration you really need, while S trim has your basic equipment needs covered, with 16in wheels, air conditioning and automatic lights.
Model i10 | Version 1.0 MPi SE | List Price £13,020 | Target Price £12,288 | Target PCP £138 | Star Rating 4
The i10 is a good choice if you're looking for a small car to use mainly in the city. It's comfortable and quiet, has decent space for five people and comes with loads of safety kit as standard. SE trim gets you automatic lights, air conditioning and cruise control.
Model XE | Version 2.0 P250 S auto | List Price £29,635 | Target Price £29,353 | Target PCP £319 | Star Rating 4
If you're not attracted to any of the usual German-badged executive saloons, you should take a look at the Jaguar XE instead. It offers enjoyable, agile handling and a generous equipment list, even with entry level S trim. The 247bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine you get here should provide plenty of punch too.
Model Renegade | Version 1.0 T3 GSE Longitude | List Price £23,400 | Target Price £22,391 | Target PCP £227 | Star Rating 2
If you regularly travel off road, you'll be pleased to know that this baby Jeep offers genuine go-anywhere ability, plus plenty of kit and a good safety rating. Rivals are much better on the road, though, and you'll pay a premium to choose the Jeep over most of them.
Model Picanto | Version 1.0 1 [4 seats] | List Price £10,995 | Target Price £10,435 | Target PCP £121 | Star Rating 3
Tidy handling and a frugal petrol engine count in the Picanto's favour, but it's not very fast and the low-speed ride is quite firm. Entry-level 1 trim is bare-bones in terms of kit, too, with steel wheels and no air conditioning.
Model Huracán | Version 5.2 V10 610 | List Price £167,180 | Target Price £167,180 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
Very few cars will turn as many heads as the Lamborghini Huracán, and that sense of theatricality and flamboyance are certainly a part of the appeal. It's also surprisingly easy to drive, and has a cracking V10 petrol engine for power. It's pricey, of course, but is undoubtedly entertaining.
Model Discovery Sport | Version 2.0 D165 2WD | List Price £31,915 | Target Price £30,349 | Target PCP £305 | Star Rating 4
The Discovery Sport is a practical and spacious large SUV with seating for up to seven people. It also comes with lots of kit, including dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, and 17in alloy wheels as standard. The 2.0-litre diesel engine you get with this version should provide enough punch, and has mild hybrid technology to help lower your fuel bills.
Model UX | Version 250h 2.5 CVT [17in wheels/Premium Pack/Without Nav] | List Price £32,300 | Target Price £30,576 | Target PCP £274 | Star Rating 2
This hybrid-powered SUV is an interesting alternative to more mainstream choices, and impresses with a high-quality interior and pleasant performance around town. It's cramped in the back, though, and has a tiny boot, making it hard to recommend.
Model Elise | Version 1.8 Sport 220 | List Price £41,270 | Target Price £41,270 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 3
The Elise has been around for a long time now, and proves that you can have fun with a small footprint and small engine. It's fantastic to drive and offers stunning grip, but lots of engine and wind noise and a poor equipment list keep it in the middle of the sports car class, rather than towards the front.
Model Ghibli | Version Hybrid auto | List Price £58,050 | Target Price £58,050 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 2
Maserati's cheapest car is the Ghibli, a luxurious performance saloon with striking looks, good front space and even a decent infotainment system. It's noisy, though, and has an unsettled ride. This hybrid version should at least cost less to run than the purely petrol and diesel-powered Ghiblis that came before.
Model 2 | Version 1.5 Skyactiv-G 75 SE-L | List Price £15,945| Target Price £15,320 | Target PCP £131 | Star Rating 3
Mazda's smallest and cheapest model is a rival for the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo. While those cars are ultimately better all-rounders, the 2 impresses with its frugal engine, easy-to-use infotainment system and lots of kit on most versions. This SE-L model comes with automatic lights, cruise control and USB connectivity.
Model 540C | Version V8 SSG auto | List Price £137,300| Target Price £137,300 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
Any McLaren is great to drive, and even the baby of the range, the 540C, offers up communicative steering, agile handling and grin-inducing performance from its V8 engine. Rivals sound better, though, and its infotainment system is disappointing.
Read our full McLaren 540C review >>
Model A-Class | Version A180 SE | List Price £24,095| Target Price £21,498 | Target PCP £204 | Star Rating 4
Of the many, many cars Mercedes sells, it's the A-Class family hatchback which is the cheapest, and it's very good indeed. As well as a strong safety rating, the A-Class impresses with a feature-packed infotainment system and an engaging, comfortable driving style. The A180 petrol engine you get here needs to be worked hard to keep up with traffic, but SE trim has your basic equipment needs covered.
Model 3 | Version 1.5 VTI-Tech Excite | List Price £12,295| Target Price £11,885 | Target PCP £123 | Star Rating 2
Keen pricing and an attractive interior count in the MG 3's favour, but it falls down in too many other areas to be recommendable. It's unrefined, has a bumpy ride and rivals have better safety ratings.
Model 3dr | Version 1.5 One Classic | List Price £16,600| Target Price £16,045 | Target PCP £186 | Star Rating 3
Cutesy styling has always helped the Mini hatchback to sell in big numbers, and the latest version is one of the classiest small cars around, with a beautiful interior, low running costs and strong resale values. This Classic version comes with heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting and keyless start as standard, but you can add lots of extras thanks to the many equipment packs Mini sells.
Model Mirage | Version 1.2 Verve | List Price £10,575 | Target Price £10,161 | Target PCP £121 | Star Rating NA
The Mirage small car underwent a facelift in 2019 to bring in new styling and a smarter interior, but kept the old model's 1.2-litre petrol engine. With only 79bhp on offer, this engine is likely to need to be worked hard on faster roads, but should be fine for town use.
Model Micra | Version 1.0 IG-T 92 Acenta | List Price £15,965 | Target Price £13,103 | Target PCP £142 | Star Rating 3
The Micra has a smart interior and comes loaded with kit, with even Acenta models getting a touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels and cruise control. The 1.0-litre petrol engine you get with this version isn't very fast, but it should be fine if you mainly stick to urban roads. Rivals are better to drive and have more rear space.
Model 108 | Version 1.0 72 Active 3dr | List Price £12,785 | Target Price £10,828 | Target PCP £138 | Star Rating 3
Peugeot's smallest and cheapest model is the 108, and while it doesn't cost a lot to run and comes with lots of kit as standard, it's also fairly cramped inside and generates too much engine and road noise to be recommended above rivals. At least this 1.0-litre engine feels well suited to city driving.
Model 2 | Version 63kWh Standard Range Single Motor | List Price £40,900 | Target Price £40,900 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 4
Polestar is the performance off-shoot of Volvo, and its cheapest model, the 2, is an electric car which feels thrillingly quick. Combine that with a decent range and a classy interior, and it's easy to recommend. The only let-downs are some road noise and limited rear headroom.
Model Cayman | Version 2.0 | List Price £46,630 | Target Price £46,630 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 5
Many of us dream about one day having a new Porsche on the driveway, and the Cayman is the cheapest way to do just that. It's also exceptionally good, offering wonderful performance and brilliant handling. It's so good, in fact, that we named the 4.0 GTS version as our Sports Car of the Year at the most recent What Car? Awards.
Model Clio | Version 1.0 SCe 65 Play | List Price £16,195 | Target Price £14,127 | Target PCP £162 | Star Rating 4
The latest Clio is a good all-rounder in the small car class, offering a practical boot, a comfy ride and class-leading safety kit. Play trim has most of your needs covered, with cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio as standard, and while the 1.0-litre petrol engine you get here will quickly run out of puff on faster roads, it should be fine around town.
Model Ghost | Version auto | List Price £261,100 | Target Price £261,100 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 5
There's no such thing as a cheap Rolls-Royce, but the Ghost you see here is the baby model in the range. Don't think you're getting anything less than the best here, though, because the Ghost offers outstanding comfort, a fabulous interior and simply crushing performance.
Model Ibiza | Version 1.0 SE [EZ] | List Price £16,445 | Target Price £13,965 | Target PCP £169 | Star Rating 4
Great to drive, remarkably spacious and with a strong range of engines to choose from, the Ibiza is a cracking small car. Its interior could be classier, but at least SE trim gets a good list of kit as standard, including automatic lights, metallic paint and a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system.
Model Fabia | Version 1.0 MPI SE | List Price £14,640 | Target Price £14,054 | Target PCP £159 | Star Rating 4
It may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but the Fabia remains a thoroughly recommendable small car, with a spacious interior, competitive pricing and a good reliability rating. This version gets you a 1.0-litre petrol engine which offers good enough performance around town, but it will need working hard on faster roads to keep up with traffic.
Model Fortwo EQ | Version Premium 17kWh | List Price £21,700 | Target Price £19,596 | Target PCP £262 | Star Rating 2
For sheer dimensions, the Smart Fortwo is one of the smallest cars you can buy, and that tiny footprint certainly makes parking easy. Sadly, its electric range is poor, and it's noisy at speed, which makes it hard to recommend.
Model Korando | Version 1.5 ELX | List Price £20,395| Target Price £20,110 | Target PCP £207 | Star Rating 3
The latest Korando offers a decent amount of space for a relatively low price, plus an impressive array of standard safety kit. None of its engines are especially powerful, though, and it costs more to run than rivals.
Model Impreza | Version 1.6i SE Lineartronic | List Price £26,995| Target Price £25,785 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 2
You might associate the Impreza name more with rallying than the school run, but the latest Impreza is a family hatchback which is good both on and off road. It offers tidy handling and an impressive array of safety kit, but is let down by a high list price and uneconomical engines.
Model Ignis | Version 1.2 Dualjet SZ3 | List Price £14,499| Target Price £12,499 | Target PCP £142 | Star Rating 3
Don't be fooled by its size, because despite having a footprint no larger than most small cars, the Ignis is one spacious small SUV, with a generous amount of equipment and exceedingly frugal engines. Even SZ3 models get Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio and front electric windows, while a mild hybrid system helps the Ignis to feel pleasantly peppy around town.
Model Model 3 | Version Standard Range Plus | List Price £40,990 | Target Price £40,990 | Target PCP NA | Star Rating 5
Tesla's smallest and cheapest model is one of our favourites, and is What Car?'s reigning Large Electric Car of the Year thanks to its combination of savage acceleration, long range and practical nature. You also have to factor in the convenience of Tesla's prolific Supercharger network, which can replenish your batteries quickly and with ease.
Model Aygo | Version 1.0 VVT-i X-Play TSS | List Price £12,945 | Target Price £12,106 | Target PCP £131 | Star Rating 3
The Aygo is a cheap and frugal city car with a great driving position. It may be cramped in the back and have a small boot, but if you rarely venture out of the city, it should be a capable companion. This version is in X-Play trim, so it comes with air conditioning, electric door mirrors and electric front windows.
Model Corsa | Version 1.2 SE | List Price £16,540 | Target Price £15,799 | Target PCP £173 | Star Rating 3
Few cars sell as well in this country as the Vauxhall Corsa, and while it's below par on safety and has a worse infotainment system than most rivals, it does offer a decent boot and a range of efficient engines. SE trim may be the bottom rung of the ladder, but still comes with cruise control, 16in alloy wheels and air conditioning.
Model Up | Version 1.0 65PS Up 3dr | List Price £12,905 | Target Price £12,484 | Target PCP £162 | Star Rating 3
The Up is a small car which offers plenty of choice, and there are both electric and performance-oriented versions to wet your whistle with. The cheapest version gets you a 1.0-litre petrol engine with just 59bhp, so it's only really suited to inner-city driving. It has a relatively classy interior, but some rivals represent better value for money.
Model XC40 | Version 1.5 T2 Momentum Core | List Price £25,840 | Target Price £25,840 | Target PCP £312 | Star Rating 5
Volvo's cheapest model is also one of its best, and the XC40 is currently our favourite family SUV. It's comfortable, spacious enough for your family, has a high-quality interior and comes loaded with safety kit. This version might only have 127bhp on offer, but we still think it should have enough pep for most situations.
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