The prospect of getting a new car is always exciting. But getting your hands on a new set of wheels can be an expensive process, which is why it can be difficult to imagine that budget options are available.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, there are far more value-orientated cars out there than you might expect. Let’s dive in and take a look. 

Dacia Sandero

The Sandero gets the title of the cheapest car on sale in the UK thanks to its starting price of just £6,995. Basic it may be, but if you’re looking for minimal-fuss wheels then the Dacia could be the right car for the job. 

Dacia Sandero

It does feature more creature comforts than you may expect and a range of efficient engines should mean it won’t cost the earth to run, either.

Citroen C1

The Citroën C1 might not be able to match the Sandero in terms of practicality, but for those who want a hassle-free and inexpensive way of getting around, the C1 fits the bill. It’s quirky, and, thanks to a whole host of personalisation touches, can easily be made just right for you. 

Citroen C1

There’s even a convertible version, so there’s a variant for those who want that wind-in-your-hair experience. Prices for the C1 start from £12,660.

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Volkswagen Up!

The Volkswagen Up! is a nippy, well-made and surprisingly spacious city car which feels far bigger to live with than its dinky exterior proportions lead you to believe. It looks good too, while the interior boasts an excellent level of fit-and-finish.

Volkswagen up!

A series of 1.0-litre engines can be chosen as power for the Up! and all are efficient yet surprisingly punchy. It’ll cost from around £12,705 new, which represents excellent value for money. 

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Fiat 500

Retro looks? Check. Dinky proportions? Check. The 500 really does fit the bill when it comes to urban runarounds, while its interior incorporates plenty of styling touches that style-conscious buyers will appreciate. 

Fiat 500

Plus, at £12,770, the Fiat 500 doesn’t have to break the bank from new. It also comes with a variety of unique personalisation options for those who like to put their own stamp on a car.

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Peugeot 108

It’ll come as little surprise that the Peugeot 108 - sister car to the Citroen C1 - also features on this list. Practically identical to the Citroen, the 108 delivers slightly funkier looks to the C1 yet with the same emphasis on compact size and ease-of-use.

Peugeot 108

It tips in at slightly more money - prices start from £12,980 - and a convertible version remains available in the line-up.

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