The cars that cost less than £8,000 and which can be driven on British roads.
A top ten list of the cars being driven on British roads which cost less than £8,000 and which could be considered affordable by most drivers.
Everyone loves a bargain, particularly if they are a motorist faced with ever increasing bills for their cars through petrol costs, maintenance and any tax which needs to be paid.
Below are some of the newest cars which are available to buy on the roads for less than £8,000 and the advantages a driver can realistically expect for their investment.
At a cost of £7,995 the Proton Savvy comes in at tenth place, just below the £8,000 cut off point and is a Malay five-door hatchback which can reach a top speed of up to 106 miles per hour. The car can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just over 12.6 seconds.
To reach these speeds the car has a 1,149cc petrol engine which can travel for 49.6 miles on a full tank. The car is recognised as the most fuel efficient car in Malaysia, although its CO2 emissions are 134 g/km, not low enough to allow the car to travel freely through the London Congestion Zone.
In ninth place is the Kia Picanto which costs the same as the Proton Savvy but unlike the Savvy, the Picanto releases only 99 g/km meaning that it can be driven through the London Congestion Zone without facing a charge or a fine.
The five door model comes with either a five speed manual or a four speed automatic gearbox and can reach speeds of up to 95 miles per hour thanks to its engine economy of 67.3 miles per gallon. With 68 brake horse power the car can speed from 0-60 in 13.9 seconds and has only one drawback, the need to pay extra for air conditioning.
Volkswagen’s Fox slides into eighth at a reasonably priced £7,295. The Fox has a combined cycle economy of 48.7 miles per gallon and is powered by a 1,198cc engine. Thanks to this engine the Fox can reach 60 miles per hour from a standing start in just over 10.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 110 miles per hour.
The South American-built car was actually unveiled to its prime target market in Europe at the Leipzig Motor Show in 2005 and is partially constructed from a renewable source called the Curaua Plant. It took a further four years before the car was released in South America.
In seventh place is the Chevrolet Spark which costs £7,215. A luxury petrol car with five gears, the vehicle has a top speed of 118 miles per hour thanks to it being powered by 72.5 brake horse power. Easily manoeuvrable thanks to its smart handling, the car is at its best when cruising at 50 miles per hour.
The Spark is a comfortable drive and has copious space in the boot for its size with approximately 170 litres of available. Another advantage in the Spark’s favour is that the car’s emissions put into the relatively low ‘Tax Band C’, which is an improvement on the vehicle’s predecessor, the Matiz.
Classed as a supermini, the Perodua Myvi is the second car from Malaysia to make it into this list. The best selling car in Malaysia came about after a link-up between Perodua and two Japanese firms, Daihatsu and Toyota. Effectively this means that the body has been designed by the Japanese car makers but the Malay firm have added their own extras to create a different identity for the car which differs from the Sirion model.
Powered by a 86 brake horse power 1.3 litre four-cylinder engine, the Perodua Myvi reaches 60 miles per hour from a standing start in 11.3 seconds. The Myvi has an engine economy of 40 miles. The Myvi is available from £6,999 making it the first car on the list which is under £7,000.
In fifth place is the Nissan Pixo which costs £6,995 and falls into the Tax Band category ‘B’, emitting 103 g/km of CO2. Nissan’s vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 14 seconds and is supported by 67 brake horse power. This allows the car to reach speeds of 96 miles per hour when driving at full throttle.
With a fuel economy of 51.4 miles per gallon and five speed manual transmission the car is functional rather than exotic. The boot space is 129 litres but this can be extended to 367 litres by rolling the back seats down, thereby creating the extra space.
Hyundai’s i10 Classic is available from £6,995 and like the Pixo can reach a top speed of 96 miles per hour. The i10 takes longer to reach 60 miles per hour, with the vehicle requiring 15.6 seconds to pass the mark from a standing start. The vehicle has 65 brake horse power and comes with a slick five speed gear manual gear box.
i10′s aim has been to create a niche in the ever crowded car market for the Hyundai and is compact enough to drive in busy traffic but still has enough space for both a large boot and leg room for driver and passengers. Whilst not the cheapest of the cars profiled the i10 certainly offers value for money.
Third place goes to the Peugeot 107 Urban Lite Hatchback which comes with a one litre engine able to support the Peugeot’s top speed of 100 miles per hour. The car can reach 60 miles per hour in 14.2 seconds helped by the lightness of the vehicle.
Peugeot’s effort offers the motorist a solid model which should be dependable and has a great driving position. Allied to this is the car’s four-star Euro NCAP rating which marks it out as one of the safest cars to drive on the road. Boot space in the 107 is modest but the car itself can fit passengers and a driver in without too much trouble.
In second place is the Renault Twizy, the only fully electric car to make the list. Costing just £6,690 which includes battery leasing and can travel for either 62 miles or 3.5 hours before the car needs to be recharged at a charging point.
Twizzy’s top speed is 50 miles per hour and the car is powered by a 20 brake horse power engine. An obvious advantage of the Twizzy is that it’s an all electric car which means no road tax is payable on the vehicle when it is driven. Similarly to the rest of the motors featured, the Twizzy is suited to city motoring with its smallness and lightness being able to manoeuvre around tight corners without much trouble.
Top of the list for the best priced cars to be bought for under £8,000 is the Fiat Panda 1.2 Active, which can be bought for £6,395. The Panda was relaunched in 2003 following the end of the original Panda’s run. Fiat were rewarded by being awarded the European car of the year in 2004.
Powered by a 1.2 litre engine which can be engaged with a five or six speed manual transmission, the car can reach speeds of 96 miles per hour. Fiat’s Panda 1.2 Active can race from 0-60 miles per hour in 15 seconds.