The 10 Most Reliable Used Cars Under £10,000

When you’re looking for a car, reliability is likely to be high on your list – and rightly so. A car’s a big investment, so you need to know that your four-wheeled metal box will be up to the job of transporting you from place to place with the minimum of fuss.

In fact, nearly two-thirds of car buyers agree that reliability is the most important consideration in the selection process.

To help you with your search, we’ve pulled together the 10 most reliable used cars you can buy for £10,000 or less. That’s cash price, of course, but monthly finance options are available too. Just click through on the model that takes your fancy, and you’ll see what the figures look like.

For 10 used cars you can really rely on, look no further…

Used Kia Ceed

kia ceed in grey

Price range: £8-19k

Age range: 2016-2019

MPG: 48-65

Kia has long represented great value and great quality, and that’s more true now than ever, thanks to an impressive line-up of vehicles that are stylish and good to drive.

The Ceed started life as Kia’s hatchback, but is available as an estate bodystyle now too. That means there’s plenty of space on the inside, and you can expect impressive levels of technology and comfort too.

Kia’s impressive warranty lasts for up to 100,000 miles or seven years, which of course carries over if you’re buying a used model.

Click here to browse used Kia Ceed.

Used SEAT Ibiza

SEAT Ibiza in white

Price range: £6-19k

Age range: 2012-2020

MPG: 55-74

The recent, fifth-generation Ibiza is a killer choice if you’re looking for a car that’s compact yet spacious, practical yet stylish. If you go for an early fifth generation model, you’ll have the option of a three-door model with sporty looks, or the more recent, facelifted model which is five-door only. You do get some sharp new headlights in return, though.

Rated 5 stars by What Car? and awarded the title of Best Supermini in 2018, the SEAT Ibiza earned a stunning score of 92.2% for reliability in the What Car? 2018 Reliability Survey, while also placing 22nd in the Reliability Index Top 100 UK Cars.

Check out used SEAT Ibiza now.

Used Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa in red

Price range: £4-16k 

Age range: 2012-2019

MPG: 44-51

The Corsa has long been one of the UK’s favourite small cars, and it isn’t hard to see why. First launched in the UK in more than 25 years ago, the Corsa is now into its sixth generation, but fifth generation models are excellent value if you don’t need the latest and greatest. Car Buyer recognises that “its impressive value for money is key to its appeal, as is a user-friendly nature that adds to its popularity among driving schools and new licensees alike.”

Start your search for a used Vauxhall Corsa.

Used Mazda2

Mazda2 in blue

Price range: £3-17k 

Age range: 2015-2019

MPG: 56-63

Placing in the top 20 in the Reliability Index Top 100 UK Cars, means you don’t have to take our word for the Mazda2 being a reliable choice. The smallest Mazda received an update in 2020, but that means that pre-update models are increasingly great value.

That eye-catching KODO Mazda styling language comes as standard, of course, as does a great interior and punchy driving experience. Auto Express also cite the Mazda2 for having great residuals – it does “pretty well in the depreciation stakes” according to the popular publication – making this little car a great choice if you’re looking for something that will hold its value.

Find a used Mazda2 now.

Used MINI Hatch

MINI Hatchback in blue

Price range: £6-15k 

Age range: 2011-2018

MPG: 41-55

MINI lead the way amongst car brands for retaining value, and the company’s Hatch “offers the quality and driver appeal of a baby BMW,” according to Auto Express.

Choosing a MINI might be a matter of the heart, too, thanks to cutesy looks and iconic kerb appeal. Three-door models in particular are great to drive, too, thanks to a set-up that places a wheel right in each corner.

A MINI might be slightly more expensive to buy versus other smaller hatchbacks, but you’ll get fun, reliable motoring in return – a good trade-off if you ask us!

Ready to find your MINI? Start here.

Used Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo in bronze

Price range: £7-20k

Age range: 2012-2019

MPG: 59-76

The Volkswagen Polo is a hugely popular small car, and for all the right reasons. It comes in at number 20 in the Reliability Index Top 100 UK Cars, and with a five-star rating from WhatCar?, this small hatchback is actually the second-biggest seller in the VW range.

It’s a well-known cliche in the motoring world that a Polo is just a shrunken Golf, and these days, that is a fine compliment. Plenty of room on the inside, a good-sized boot, and impeccable VW quality will be the factors that sway you.

Volkswagen come third in Money Saving Expert’s list of the top 10 car brands for holding their value, so you can rest assured that this quality car won’t depreciate quickly.

Say hello to your used Volkswagen Polo.

Used BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series in black

Price range: £8-20k  

Age range: 2013-2018

MPG: 38-67

If you’re looking for a truly premium hatch, the BMW 1 Series will be near the top of your list. It remains a popular choice with buyers looking for a high quality, reliable car that comes with a decent chunk of drive appeal as standard.

First launched in 2004, the Mk2 version scored 89% in the UK’s leading car satisfaction survey in 2018; that’s backed up by What Car’s latest reliability survey too, in which there were just 16 faults per 100 vehicles, seeing the 1 Series finish third in its class. Good numbers from an impressive car!

Start searching for your used BMW 1 Series now.

Used Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf in red

Price range: £6-24k

Age range: 2010-2019

MPG: 53-69

The Volkswagen Golf is truly the great all-rounder – perfect for families and individuals alike, there really is a model or trim level for every occasion.

The Golf is listed 18th out of 75 cars in the Driver Power 2018 results, and it also features in the Reliability Index Top 100 UK Cars list. The ever-popular Mk7 – which received a mid-life facelift – is praised by Auto Express for being an “impressive all-rounder,”  and running costs are also impressively competitive.

Volkswagen revealed the brand new eighth generation Golf in 2020, which promises to change the game again – check out the latest new car deals!

Tee off your search for a used Volkswagen Golf.

Used Audi A3

Audi A3 in grey

Price range: £7-25k

Age range: 2010-2019

MPG: 47-72

Just like the Golf, the Audi A3 is a fantastic all-rounder, and enjoys the slightly elevated brand appeal of those four silver rings.

Depending on the model and age of the car you’re looking at, there are three and five-door options, plus trim levels that become more sporty and luxurious as you rise through the range.

The third generation A3 was credited by Autocar for its low cost of ownership, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a stylish but reliable drive. The upmarket interior adds to the appeal, not to mention the engine response and efficiency. In the Auto Expresses Driver Power 2018 results, based on owner-reported faults, the A3 was listed as one of the best cars to own.

The A3 has been rebooted in 2020 with a new, sharper exterior design, and fully connected interior. Check out the latest offers now.

Get ready to find your used Audi A3.

Used Volkswagen up!

Price range: £4-16k

Age range: 2012-2020

MPG: 50-65

The Volkswagen up! is the German brand’s smallest car, but it’s earned quite a following since its introduction earlier in the decade. It’s funky, good to drive, great on fuel, and has that all-important VW build quality.

You can expect impressive MPG from each of its frugal 1.0-litre engines, and its tiny dimensions means it’s great for zipping around town.

It’s available as a three and five-door, so it’s family-friendly too. Looking for something a bit sportier? You’d be amazed how good the up! GTI is for the money.

Find your used Volkswagen up! now.

If you’re still not sure which car is right for you, you can view our full range of used cars for sale here.

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