4 Of The Best Cheap Cars For Those On A Budget


Buying and running a car is no cheap activity. Anyone who has recently visited their local dealer knows that prices aren’t coming down! Following a difficult few years of economic downturn, families are struggling to keep up with the costs of motoring.

Of course, it’s not just the cost of the cars themselves that are rising. The financial toll of rising fuel costs and insurance premiums are hitting families hard. With that in mind, we all need a few budget options. The focus of this article is on affordable, practical vehicles. They’re cheap to buy, cheap to run, and they perform well.

We’ve recently seen a huge leap forward in the budget market. Car manufacturers like Seat, Skoda, and Dacia have produced a range of wildly popular, affordable vehicles. Many of them stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their more expensive competitors. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

#1 Seat Ibiza

Seat are certainly at the top end of the budget range, but it’s well worth including the fantastic Ibiza hatchback. The brand new model tips the scales at a little over £10,000. Check out the range at Currie Motors to see for yourself. The Ibiza holds its own against the likes of the Ford Focus and the VW Golf. It’s reliable, practical, and there’s a bit of a kick under the bonnet too.

#2 Skoda Octavia

For those with a growing family, you might be looking towards the saloon market. The price tags associated with BMW, Mercedes, and Audi saloons, however, will leave you feeling dejected. Enter the Skoda Octavia. Bridging the gap between hatchback and saloon, this the perfect budget family car. It looks smart and sleek, so it won’t feel out of place in the office car park either. It boasts great fuel economy, modern technology, and a sensible starting price. With the Octavia, Skoda are reinventing their old image.

#3 Hyundai i10

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the smaller micro cars, or city cars. There are lots of fine models in this category. Most are quite similar, as they all share parts with each other! The Skoda Citigo, the Seat Mii, and the VW Up! are all fantastic budget cars. But, the cream of the crop is the Hyundai i10. It’s super cheap to buy and incredibly efficient to run. The ‘nearly-new’ models are even cheaper. The fuel costs are minimal and it’s entirely exempt from road tax. As little cars go, it’s the best on the road.

#4 Dacia Sandero

Dacia are a Romanian car manufacturer that has been chipping away at their motors for fifty years. Only in the last five, however, have they released a commercial success in the UK and America. The Dacia Sandero is deceptively spacious with tons of practicality built in as standard. It’s a chunky looking hatchback with great mileage credentials, and a reputation for reliability. As budgets get tighter and families are stretched for cash, these cheap cars will continue to thrive. But, make no mistake, these cars aren’t simply cheap alternatives. They are standalone, brilliant cars! Invest in one of these and you won’t regret your decision.

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