When purchasing a new car, there a lot of different factors to consider. Not only do you have to think about how you’re going to fund the initial purchase price, but there’s also the future running costs. Insurance, fuel efficiency, and emission levels will all affect what you’ll be paying. Here are the top five cars for the price-conscious consumer.
The latest 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta takes advantage of the company’s new EcoBoost technology. This works by combining turbocharging—a device that allows more air to pass through the engine—with direct fuel injection—a more efficient process of sending fuel. The end result is a vehicle with a small engine that can still rival the power output and fuel efficiency of its larger competitors.
The Nissan Leaf is the car that really brought battery-powered vehicles to the mainstream. While sales were slow at first, the Leaf has gone on to become the best-selling electric car in the world. A full battery charge could cost you as little as £2, with the company claiming that the average driver spends just £257 across the whole year. Remember, your mileage will be limited, though, so it may not be the right choice for everyone just yet.
The Dacia Sandero has been making waves lately as one of the best value vehicles you can buy. The range starts at just £5,995 and not only will you be saving money up front, but you can expect the savings to continue with an impressive 57 mpg on the 0.9-litre option. With emissions under 120g/km, it will also cost you just £20 a year to tax.
The Hyundai i10 combines good looks with worthwhile, practical features. The 1.0-litre version is tax free and earns an impressive 65.7mpg. Thanks to its four-star EURO NCAP crash-test rating and low emissions, the i10 is also one of the cheapest cars to insure which makes it a great way to teach your kids the importance of saving money early on.
Unlike the Leaf, the Toyota Prius uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor so you can enjoy the low running costs without being having to worry about a limited driving range. The company says that the Prius could return as much a 94.1mpg, though you should probably expect to get somewhere in the high-seventies in real world