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Best used cars to buy for under £8,000

A slim budget doesn’t need to leave you short on quality or fun behind the wheel. Check out our top selection of cars for £8,000 or less

an orange/red vauxhall corsa driving down a country lane at sunset

While the new car market has seen sales decrease in recent years, the used car market has gone from strength to strength.

A recent count showed that about eight million cars are currently being bought and sold on the used car market in the UK each year.

They often offer a much more cost-effective solution for buyers, and it's always fun to bag a bargain – especially when they come with our seal of approval.

You’re certainly not short of choice as our online showroom proves, with plenty of cars available for less than £8,000 at the time of writing.

A quick skim shows just how much car you can get for the money, with our list of options below arguably highlighting it most clearly.

Ford Fiesta

A red Ford Fiesta ST

No prizes if you guessed the Fiesta was going to appear on this list because it's absolutely brilliant.

For much of the past decade, Ford's hatchback has been Britain's best-selling car, and it's certainly not been by accident.  

With its handsome looks, excitable handling, and strong range of engines, this used Ford is a longstanding champ.

This is true for the latest- and previous-generation models alike, which is why £8k doesn't leave you short of choice at all.

Citroen C1

a red citroen c1 parked under some trees in a town

The funky-looking Citroen C1 is one of the highest-rated city cars a sub-£8k budget can buy.

Not only does it get essentials like DAB and Bluetooth connectivity, some examples even have luxuries like leather seats and climate control.

With an economical 1.2-litre under the bonnet, the used Citroen C1 is as cheap to fuel and tax as it is to buy.

Toyota Aygo

a white toyota aygo driving on a road

This sharp-looking five-door hatchback is perfect for nipping around city streets.

You can easily access 2017 Aygo models with an £8k budget, with the acclaimed 1.0-VVT-I petrol version – which can sip fuel to 68 miles per gallon – being our pick of the bunch.

Some models in this budget will also have Toyota’s X-Play infotainment system, incorporating DAB, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering wheel controls.

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Vauxhall Corsa

an orange vauxhall corsa driving on a road next to some colourful beach huts

The Corsa is a likeable all-rounder that’s always fun to drive.

Several Corsas sit below the £8k mark, with cars powered by Vauxhall's 1.4-litre ecoFLEX engine being especially good.

This gives this fairly spacious hatchback enough poke and economy to make it an excellent all-rounder.

Kia Ceed

a silver kia ceed parked off-road

While it may be true that Kia has successfully pushed itself upmarket with well-made, reliable models like the Ceed, a used car buyer can still access great-value second-hand examples with an £8k budget.

With that, you get a spacious five-seat, five-door family hatchback, which when powered by Kia's 1.4-litre petrol engine mixes decent grunt with an official economy of around 46mpg combined.

Hyundai i10

a cherry red hyundai i10

Kia's sister brand Hyundai has also shifted its image higher up the automotive ladder in recent years. But with models like the i10 in its ranks, you can access a great Hyundai with an £8k budget.

Despite its dinky size, this is a five-door hatchback and is available with an economy-focused 1.0-litre engine that can return up to 61mpg combined.

Find a car in SE trim, and you'll get mod-cons like electric door mirrors and cruise control.

Fiat 500

a dark blue fiat 500 driving on a road

One of the most fashionable small cars on the road is the Fiat 500.

Even on a sub-£8k budget, you can bag a 2016 1.2-litre petrol three-door 500 that looks the part and even comes with fuel-saving start-stop technology, helping it return up to 60mpg combined.

Best of all is the Fiat 500's retro styling inside and out, which has served the model well since the 21st-century iteration launched in 2007.

Budget motoring needn't see you compromise on style.

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