Do you think you have to go to the bank to buy a new car? Think again. There are some good options for the new car market to make your old car sales to the same level. This is what we have chosen.
Buying a brand new car can be an expensive business, but a tight budget doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll have to dip into the used car market instead. If you know where to look, there are several ways of putting a shiny new motor on your drive without breaking the bank. Yes, many such cars are on the small side, but the best small cars these days are roomy enough and practical enough to cope with the needs of a small family, and there are a few options that give you a much bigger car for small-car money. Here, we give you a rundown of the best options available.
- Dacia Sandero – the really cheap one
- Skoda Citigo – the safe one
- Kia Picanto – the long-warranty one
- Dacia Logan MCV – the spacious one
- Dacia Duster – the SUV one
Dacia Sandero – the really cheap one
The Sandero is the cheapest new car currently on sale in the UK, and for that reason, it simply had to make this list. The very cheapest version – the Access – checks in at around £6000, but in truth, it’ll be a little bit spartan for most tastes. If you can stretch another £1400, we’d recommend upgrading to Ambiance trim, which gives you most of the kit you really need for what is still a ridiculously low price. Yes, you have to make some sacrifices in dynamic polish and interior quality, but the Sandero has plenty of other stuff going for it aside from the price, such and smart looks and generous interior space.
Skoda Citigo – the safe one
There are many reasons that you might want a new car rather than an older, used one, and safety is one of them. The Citigo is the only car here with a maximum five-star safety rating from safety organisation Euro NCAP, which immediately makes it very appealing indeed. It’s also a superb all-rounder. It’s stylish, desirable, brilliant to drive and really practical for its size. We’d recommend the 1.0 MPI 60 SE 5-door version, because it provides the best of the Citigo’s abilities while keeping prices low.
Kia Picanto – the long warranty one
Another big reason for choosing new over used is the peace-of-mind you get from having a long warranty on your car in case anything goes wrong, and the Picanto comes with one of the longest. Your standard cover lasts for seven years, provided you don’t bust the mileage cap of 100,000 miles, but the Picanto isn’t the sort of car that you’re likely to cover that amount of distance in. What’s more, this cover is fully transferrable when you sell the car on, making it even more appealing for the new owner. And during your tenure, you’ll enjoy a car that’s good to drive, roomy inside and solid in quality.
Logan MCV – a spacious Dacia
It’s not accidental that Logan looks very similar to the MCV Sandero in front, because, in essence, this is the same car. However, MCV has Sandero no, this is a larger, box – like backend, giving you a lot of space with a very low price. The 573 liter suitcase is more than you will find in a lot of real estate cars from the level, this really loaded sailing boat, and the same amount of space for passengers. Like Sandero, you must make some sacrifices in the dynamic Poland and the internal quality, but Logan can’t be shaken in your money to provide the biggest metal.
Dacia Duster – the SUV one
Apologies if this is starting to sound like an advert for Dacia, but there’s no getting away from the fact that this brand provides exactly what buyers on a budget need, in other words, no-frills cars for exceptionally low prices. The Duster
is the most expensive of Dacia’s offerings, but compared with other SUVs of a similar size – like the Nissan Qashqai
or Seat Ateca
– it’s several thousand pounds cheaper. It has the chunky looks and high driving position that SUV buyers love, while the cabin is roomy and the boot is sizeable. You can have four-wheel drive if you want your Duster to venture off the beaten track, but if you just want a stylish family car, we reckon the front-wheel drive 1.2 TCE 125 Laureate version is best.