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

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 2016 8:0 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 16:57

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

Low, sleek, and blessed with an upmarket interior, the BMW 1 Series has been the hatchback of choice for aspiring family buyers for years now. They don’t mind the fact that it isn’t quite as spacious as its more functional rivals; instead, they appreciate the car's entertaining handling, punchy engines and fantastic infotainment system. And despite its sporty looks, the 1 Series is actually surprisingly comfortable – as long as you avoid models in the stiffly sprung M Sport specification.

We found: 2013 116i Sport, 39,000 miles, £9,350

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6. Ford Focus

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

The Ford Focus is the most popular family car in the UK, and with good reason. It’s scintillating to drive, decent value to buy and cheap to maintain and repair when things go wrong. What’s more, with so many around, you’ll have your pick of engines and specifications when the time comes to buy. Downsides? Well, its interior design is a bit fussy and features some cheap plastics, and the boot’s on the small side. But if you can live with those flaws, you’ll have one of the most entertaining family hatchbacks going.

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

We’re huge fans of the Golf, but it is expensive, and as a result, for this price, you’ll probably have to put up with a slightly older and higher mileage than in some of its best rivals here. Nevertheless, if you can live with that higher mileage, you do get some great benefits: a classy interior, a comfortable ride, involving handling, a spacious interior and impressive safety standards.

We found: 2014 1.6 TDI SE, 25,000 miles, £9840

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