What Car? Personal Shopper: small car for £16,000

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Darren Moss
8 Nov 2017 14:20 | Last updated: 8 Nov 2018 16:04

Buying used

  • Our recommended choice: 2018 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
  • Price: £12,638
  • Mileage: 2155
Volkswagen Polo

It’s very difficult to spend £16,000 on our preferred Volkswagen Polo, as it turns out.

Presently, the Target Price should net you just over £1000 off the list price, but if you go for this year-old, 2155-mile example, you’ll save £3672. That’s nearly 25% off a nearly new car before you start haggling. 

And when you consider you’re getting a car with a smart interior, a height-adjustable boot floor, cruise control, air conditioning and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, you have to wonder if there’s anything that can beat it for the money.

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  • Also consider: 2017 Mini hatchback 1.5 Cooper 5dr
  • Price: £14,995
  • Mileage: 100
Used Mini hatchback

If the Polo isn’t premium enough for you, take a look at this Mini. We’ve found a minimal-mileage Cooper example with the desirable Chili Pack and excellent 136bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine for well below £16,000.

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  • Also consider: 2017 Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI SE L 5dr
  • Price: £10,500
  • Mileage: 2500
Used Skoda Fabia

The Fabia may be getting on a bit, but this year-old, 2500 mile 1.0-litre SE L example is still well equipped and ludicrously cheap. Expect to see around 60mpg in town.

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