Search the internet with the phrase 'cheap new car' and you'll be bombarded by third-party adverts offering you deals on a variety of new models. We've done the hard work for you by compiling this list of the cheapest new cars available in the UK right now. Click on the car names to read our full reviews, and click here to find the best new cars for under £100 per month.
Dacia Sandero - from £5995
The Sandero still holds the title of being Britain’s cheapest new car. It’s a car which demands compromises, but there are few models which can offer this much metal for your money. We’d recommend opting for the 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is the cheapest option in the range.
For this kind of money, don’t expect the Sandero to offer much in the way of luxury. Entry-level Access models only get very basic equipment, including a heated rear window, steel wheels and pre-wiring for a stereo. Still, for just less than £6000 the Sandero remains unbelievably good value.
Renault Twizy - from £6895
If your primary transport need is for something to commute around town in, then the Twizy is a novel solution. It’s a two-seat electric car whose funky looks earn it plenty of attention in the city. It’s also very quiet, and being electric emits no CO2 at all.
Be wary, though, because the Twizy does have limitations - its cabin is completely open to the elements, and even the optional ‘door’ coverings can’t keep all of the weather out. It’s ride is also exceptionally firm, exaggerating every bump and imperfection in the road surface.
Dacia Logan - from £6995
The Logan is billed as the cheapest estate car on sale in the UK, but like the Sandero above don’t expect too many creature comforts for this price. Still, the Logan does offer a large amount of space inside - with its rear seats in place there’s 573 litres on offer, but drop the rear bench down and that extends to 1518 litres.
The driving experience on offer here is largely unremarkable - and the 1.0-litre engine needs to be worked very hard to perform at its best - but if unashamed load-lugging is your goal, then the Logan should be on your shortlist.
Suzuki Celerio - from £6999
For such a cheap car, the Celerio is actually fairly well equipped. Even entry-level versions come with alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows and a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s only one engine on offer, a 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol, and while the Celerio feels much more at home in the city than on the open road, it can still handle motorway journeys.
The interior of the Celerio looks and feels cheap, but there’s space enough for four adults and their luggage inside.
Citroën C1 - from £7995
Citroën’s smallest city car has plenty of competition to worry about, both from premium rivals like the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10, and from its own stablemates, which include Peugeot’s 108 and the Toyota Aygo below. Still, the C1 impresses with its stylish looks and the level of personalisation open to customers.
Buyers can choose from one of two petrol engines here - and it’s the higher-powered 1.2-litre option we’d recommend. The cabin may be a little sparse in terms of equipment, but even tall adults will find they have enough space inside.
Toyota Aygo - from £7995
The Aygo is closely related to the Citroën C1 above, with both manufacturers putting their own styling and interior touches onto the same basic car. The Aygo looks more extreme than the C1, and offers more opportunities for personalisation as well.
There’s only one engine on offer here, a 1.0-litre petrol, which despite not being very powerful is cheap to run. The Aygo’s quirky interior design will please most, but entry-level models make do with a two-speaker audio system in place of a proper infotainment screen.
Nissan Micra - from £7995
The latest Nissan Micra may be cheap to run and even stylish to look at, but it’s hard to recommend. Its ride is very choppy and there’s plenty of body roll through corners. The interior is relatively spartan on entry-level models as well, and most rivals will offer more space and comfort.
The two engines on offer are both petrol units, and we’d recommend opting for the higher-powered 1.4-litre option, although the 1.0-litre unit is fine if you’re just going to be commuting in town.
Kia Picanto - from £8095
Like most cars in this class, the Kia Picanto gets its power from a selection of small petrol engines, and if you’re planning on spending most of your time in the city, then the smaller 1.0-litre option is the better buy.
Despite looking fairly stylish, this smallest Kia model has a difficult time coping with the potholes and broken tarmac of UK roads. Its ride is firm, and initial bump absorption isn’t good. Things are better inside, though, as the Picanto features supportive seats which make it easy to find a good driving position.
Skoda Citigo - from £8275
Like the Citroën C1, Skoda’s Citigo is very closely related to other cars - in this case the Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up.
The Skoda is the cheapest of the three, while also being brilliant to drive, offering an economical range of engines and a relatively roomy cabin. Unlike many city cars of this size, too, it’s available in both three and five-door forms.
MG 3 - from £8399
These days, MG is owned by a larger Chinese company, and while we’ve been impressed with the larger MG 6, a rival for the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, the same can’t be said of the smaller MG 3. This hatchback may be cheap, but there’s questionable cabin quality inside and its engines suffer from relatively high CO2 emissions.
See how some of these cars compare in our cheap cars group test video below.