posted 6 years ago

Top five budget cars

There are some genuine budget cars on the market, most that can fit in four occupants and most that have low co2 emissions that keep them from crossing into VED Band C.

There are some genuine budget cars on the market, most that can fit in four occupants and most that have low co2 emissions that keep them from crossing into VED Band C.

The Kia Picanto is a clear contender as it is cheap prices starting at around £6000 most Kia Picantos are fitted with electric windows and mirrors with remote central locking for all four doors and the tailgate. The sporty Kia Picanto 3 features a mesh grille, fog lamps and 15" alloy wheels. It is the economy of the Kia Picanto which is more appealing than the speed as the car averages at 55.4mpg.

The Fiat 500 is a tiny lightweight car but remarkably strong as it scored a maximum five stars in NCAP’s crash tests. It was recently awarded City Car of the Year. The Fiat 500 is available with a choice of three frugal, ultra low emissions Euro5-ready engines, it can be ordered in three different trims the Pop, Sport and the Lounge and prices start at approximately £9500.

The Citroen C1 is probably the winner for cheapest running costs. This car emits just 109g/km of Co2 emissions so the VED is Band B which is just £35 per year. The Citroen C1 averages 61.4mpg. It is priced around the £7000 mark and is clearly a car to be considered.

The Toyota IQ does look very small but there is room for four inside, three if there is luggage. The iQ has an ultra efficient 1litre three cylinder engine which returns more than 60mpg; it has a co2 emission figure of 99g/km.

Finally if you could buy a used Citroen C2, the price for a three year old 1.1i design is approximately £4500. Overall, with a number of safety features that include twin front and side airbags on all models and power assisted steering across the range, the C2 still looks a decent buy.