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

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

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Alex Robbins
12 Jan 2017 08:00 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 17:00

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.

Best used family cars for less than £10,000

10. Nissan Pulsar

Top 10 used family cars for less than £10,000

The Nissan Pulsar isn’t a car to set the pulse racing (pardon the pun), but if you’re buying family transport with your sensible hat firmly in place, it's worth a look. True, the dashboard plastics are a bit low-rent and the seats could be more supportive, but on the whole the Pulsar is remarkably well equipped, delightfully quiet at speed and fantastically practical. It’s also exceptionally cheap to buy.

We found: 2016 1.2 N-Connecta, 18,000 miles, £9995

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9. Kia Cee’d

Top 10 used family cars for less than £10,000

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: 2015 1.6 CRDi 2, 31,000 miles, £9989

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8. Hyundai i30

Top 10 used family cars for less than £10,000

The Hyundai i30's five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty isn't quite as lengthy as the Kia's, but it's even cheaper to buy, making it terrific value. With an example this new, you’ll still have the majority of that left, giving you peace of mind for longer than you’ll find with most rivals. The i30’s a good family car, too, with a spacious, robustly built interior, a comfortable ride and plenty of standard equipment, although like the Kia, it isn’t as satisfying to drive as its rivals and its engines aren’t particularly fuel efficient.

We found: 2016 1.6 CRDi SE, 10,000 miles, £9999

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