Eight Reliable Cars Under £10,000

If you’re buying a car on a budget, one area you don’t want to compromise on is reliability. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most reliable cars that are highly-rated by industry experts, and can be bought new for less than £10,000:

1. The Economical Car

Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10

Price: From £7,995

The facts: The Hyundai i10 represents solid value for money, with low running costs and a seven-year warranty. It’s economical, some versions are free to tax, and it’s a low insurance group, and therefore normally costs less to insure. Well suited to city living, this little car is spacious and is the highest rated car for reliability under £10,000 in the Auto Express Driver Power survey 2015.

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What the experts say: “The competition may be tough but the i10 has almost everything you could want from a car of its type.” - Carbuyer.co.uk

2. The Durable Car

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto
Price: From £8,095

The facts: Kia is so confident in the Picanto’s durability that it throws in a seven-year or 100,000 mile warranty. For the price, the car also has some generous extras, including tinted glass windows, power steering and a good sound system. It’s also low on petrol consumption, is normally less to insure as it is in a low insurance group, and the one-litre version is exempt from road tax.

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What the experts say: “Overall, it’s a well-made, well-equipped, practical and affordable little thing that’s cheap to run and ought to put the wind up more expensive European cars.” - Top Gear

3. The Generous Car

Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108
Price: From £8,345

The facts: The 108 has been jointly developed by Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen and shares many of the same components as the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1. This means that the 108 comes with a pretty generous specification, as well as electric front windows, remote central locking and power steering. As you'd expect with a car of this size, it's highly economical and relatively affordable, and it comes with a three-year warranty.

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What the experts say: “While it’s built to a price, most of the parts are robust, reliable and well proven.” - Auto Express

4. The Spacious Car

Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia Logan MCV

Price: From £6,995

The facts: Dacia is part of the Renault group and has been a big presence in Eastern Europe for many years, though the brand was only launched in the UK in 2012. The price is obviously a big draw for the spacious Logan, but the low cost shouldn’t impact on reliability thanks to the fact that it uses parts from parent company Renault. Reasonably affordable and practical, the Dacia is perfectly suited to families thanks to its roominess and reliability. The diesel version is particularly cheap to run, achieving more than 80 miles per gallon and is free to tax.

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What the experts say: “Well-packaged, desirable and decent value.” - Autocar

5. The Practical Car

Volkswagen Up!

Volkswagen Up!
Price: From £8,870

The facts: Volkswagen’s reputation for building sturdy cars with longevity means that they’re known for having a high second-hand resale value compared to many of their rivals. You’ll also get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Ideal for city centre living, its compact size means it’s easy to drive and park, with a tight turning circle. Despite being petite, it still has a practical boot and the back seats aren’t too cramped. VW has also been generous with the safety features, including a stability control system that helps get the car back on track if it skids.

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What the experts say: “Well-packaged, desirable and decent value.” - Autocar

6. The Fuel-friendly Car

Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda
Price: From £9,095

The facts: The Panda is practical with plenty of space inside. It also comes with a city button that boosts the power steering, which should make parking much easier. Fuel economy is good and the car comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, so running costs should be pretty cheap too. Add to that a low insurance group and a respectable resale value and the Panda is certainly an option worth considering.

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What the experts say: “The Fiat Panda is a small and relatively simple car, so there’s not a lot to go wrong in the first place.” - Carbuyer.co.uk

7. The Small Family Car

MG MG3

MG3 
Price: From £8,399

The facts: The MG3’s looks are striking, and it represents pretty good value for money too. The cost of the insurance can be low sometimes as it’s a low insurance group, but it uses more petrol and produces more emissions than some other cars in its class, so is more expensive to tax. With a 1.5 litre engine, and five doors it’s a good choice for families.

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What the experts say: “This feels like a well thought out supermini, and that in itself is reassuring for buyers.” - Top Gear

8. The City Car

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo 
Price: From £8,845

The facts: Small and agile, the Aygo is designed to deal with heavy city traffic. With its distinctive X-shaped nose and eye-catching options – including a folding roof – it’s as much about fun as functionality, although Toyota have ensured that reliability remains a priority: the engine has been praised in the motoring press for its trustworthiness. It also comes with a generous five-year/100,000-mile warranty that will keep the cost of any repairs to a minimum.

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What the experts say: “The Toyota Aygo feels solidly built. It’s safe and expected to be reassuringly reliable.” - CarBuyer.co.uk

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