Six of the best: family cars for less than £10,000

Six of the best: family cars for less than £10,000
Six of the best: family cars for less than £10,000

You’ll be amazed what you can get for your money

If you need a new family car but only have budget supermini money to spend on it, fear not. By switching from brand-new to nearly-new, you can bag yourself an absolute steal of a deal.

The modern family car does it all, and you’re spoilt for choice even at this price point. It may surprise you just what you can get for your money, and how ‘new’ the nearly new family car may be. Read on to discover our six best buys

6: Nissan Pulsar


It’s not an exciting car, but the Nissan Pulsar is a jolly solid and sensible one. Equipment is ample, practicality is excellent and it’s very quiet, particularly at speed. You can grumble about the plasticky dash and the rather flat seats, but the sheer value for money should more than compensate. Nissan reliability is included for free.
We spotted: 2015 1.2 DIG-T Visia (3,000 miles): £9347

5: Hyundai i30


You can get a 2015 i30 for less than £10,000 – and as it has a five-year warranty as standard, that will still mean you get more peace of mind than some brand-new cars. It’s not the most thrilling car to drive, but works well as a family motor, with lots of space and equipment, a smooth ride and plenty of integrity.
We spotted: 2015 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive SE (11,000 miles): £9988

4: Kia Cee’d


Like the five-year warranty on the Hyundai i30? Then you’ll love the seven-year warranty on the Kia Cee’d – although it is restricted to 100,000 miles, rather than the unlimited-miles cover of its sister car. Otherwise, these are two very similar vehicles, with the Kia just getting the nod for the average-mileage family user.
We spotted: 2014 1.6 CRDi 2 (10,000 miles): £9995

3: Volkswagen Golf


The Golf has an enviable reputation for excellence, but as a result, you pay for it. Indeed, you can only just get into the latest Mk7 model for our £10,000 budget, and it’ll have more miles on the clock than the others here. In most other respects, though, this is a superb car, and a hugely safe, solid and classy family motor.
We spotted: 2013 1.6 TDI 105 SE (34,000 miles): £9988

2: Seat Leon


If the Golf is too expensive for you, look to sister brand Seat’s Leon. This is identical to the VW below the surface, and the sportier setup means it’s more fun to drive. We like the stylish interior too, which is just as spacious as the Golf it’s derived from, even if the quality isn’t as bulletproof. That’s a minor grumble of an otherwise excellent car.
We spotted: 2014 1.4 TSI SE (13,000 miles): £9999

1: Skoda Octavia


The Octavia is also derived from the Volkswagen Golf, and it too is better value. It’s also much roomier than both the VW and the Seat, and it’s very refined and plush to drive. A consummate cruiser, equipment levels are high and even the fact it’s not all that involving to drive is irrelevant, given the comfort it delivers. It’s without doubt the best family all-rounder you can buy for £10,000.
We spotted: 2014 1.4 TSI SE (17,000 miles): £9995

One to avoid: MG6


Sure, the MG6 is fun to drive. It’s also very cheap to buy, and the interior is spacious. But then you’ll discover the loud engines are inefficient, that the build quality is very poor, that it simply looks a bit of an oddball both outside and in. Prices are low for good reason.

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