Wondering what the best used cars under £5,000 are? If you have a budget to stick to but don’t want to compromise on the car, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re counting down our top picks of the very best cars in your budget. Whether you’re looking for power under the bonnet, something cheap to run or simply want a car that looks good, we’ve got something just for you! £5,000 can get you a fantastic ride, find out our personal favourites below:

Volvo V50

If you’re after an estate, then you’re probably already considering a Volvo. With low emissions, fantastic safety features and low running costs you get a lot of bang for your buck. Volvos are increasingly looking better and better and with all models from 2007 onwards coming with an iPod/MP3 compatibility you can keep the whole family happy. You can get a few different Volvo’s for under £5,000 but the V50 would be our top pick.

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Ford Focus

Second up on our best cars under £5,000 list is one of Britain’s most popular cars, the Ford Focus. It’s affordable with many coming in at £5,000 and under. The Focus has a spacious cabin and with many reviews claiming it’s the best in its class you can be reassured it’s fun to drive. The Focus is ideal for small families and as they are popular you won’t struggle to find one you like within your budget.

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BMW 3 Series

If you’re after a more premium brand, the BMW 3 series is the car for you. With a BMW, or any German make, you know you’re getting a good quality, reliable car. When it comes to buying a second-hand car then knowing it’s trustworthy is vital. But that’s not all the 3 series has to offer, they’re fun to drive and often pack some decent power under the bonnet. The distinctive styles of a BMW also guarantee that you’ll be driving around ins style and luxury.

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Audi A3

Just like the BMW the Audi is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive car that can look sporty and fun or sophisticated and upmarket depending on whether you choose the 3-door or 5-door options. If you’ve ever bought an Audi before the likelihood is you’re stay with the brand. It’s great to drive and is often credited for its class leading standards of ride. and very little goes wrong with the A3, especially the most recent generations.

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Audi A3

MINI Cooper

If you’re after something a bit smaller to nip around the city then the MINI is a fantastic option. You can get a lot of MINI’s under £5,000 but our top pick is the MINI Cooper. One of the most recognisable cars on the road with its retro charm. It’s refined and efficient and damn good fun to drive.

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Vauxhall Insignia

The Insignia manages to make it onto almost every list we do because it’s an all-round great car so it’s no surprise it has made it onto out best used cars under £5,000 list too. This Vauxhall often comes in under £5,000 and is the top favourite amongst our customers with most people driving away one of these than any other car. So why is that? The Insignia ticks many of the same boxes of a BMW or Audi saloon but at a much cheaper price. It’s spacious, efficient, and cheap to run and with so many on the roads will always be able to find a great example to get behind the wheel of.

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There we have it, our 5 best used cars under £5,000 or less! We hope you found something that ticks the boxes. If you have a top pick that didn’t make out list just let us know.

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