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

Have you got £10,000 to spend on a nearly new family car? You might be surprised to find out what you can afford...

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

Looking for a family car? Got £10,000 to spend? You’re in luck – that budget is plenty enough to buy yourself a nearly new example of one of the best family cars out there, with all the mod cons you’ve always wanted.

What’s more, most modern family cars have plenty going for them – impressive safety, good looks, lots of technology on board, and for the most part a choice of efficient and punchy petrol and diesel engines. And at this price, you’re spoiled for choice; whether you want a family hatchback that’s smart and sophisticated, practical and functional, or simply great value for money, there’s something here for you.

But which used family car do we rate as the best you can buy for this budget? In such a competitive market, it’ll have to offer something truly special to stand out from the crowd, and blend everything that makes modern family cars great into one fine package. Read on to find out more about the best used family car for £10,000.

10. Honda Civic

Honda Civic diesel

The ninth-generation Honda Civic is a solid used car choice that's also rather reliable, and extremely practical. This is due in no small part to the big boot, and the versatility of the 'magic' seats that can be made to fold up like cinema chairs to allow you to transport a bike across the back of the car. It may not be the best to drive on this list, but it is safe and has plenty of grip, plus post 2014 cars got automatic emergency braking technology as standard.

We found: 2017 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus Nav, 33,917 miles, £9989

Read the full Honda Civic used review

9. Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra

The latest Vauxhall Astra's best facet as a used buy is its value; that you can buy such a new Astra for this sort of money makes it hard to resist. The Astra isn't just cheap, though; it's a great car, with neat handling, a comfortable ride and some great engines in the range. True, it doesn't quite have the high-quality feel of some of its best rivals, but it still feels more solid than most - and when you consider how cheap it is, its minor flaws are very forgivable. 

We found: 2018 Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Turbo ecoTEC SRi, 12,589 miles, £9495

Read the full Vauxhall Astra used review

9. Kia Cee’d

2015 Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 134 DCT review

The Kia Cee’d's trump card is its enormous warranty– you get seven years’ worth, although it’s limited to 100,000 miles in the last four of those. Granted, it's blighted by a range of slightly underwhelming engines and it's not that much fun to drive. But if you're not that fussed about those flaws, the Cee’d is a comfortable, spacious and well-built family car that offers you plenty of peace of mind.

We found: 2016 Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi 2, 11,116 miles, £9780