If you’re considering a new set of wheels that won’t break the bank, we’ve gathered some of the best-value models on offer in the UK right now. 

From a small urban run-around to a family workhorse, whatever sort of car you’re after, getting good value is normally a key priority for any car buyer.

Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb family hatchback is excellent value, according to Parkers, with an interior almost matching a large luxury saloon for space[1].

It’s a great car for growing families and Auto Express named the Superb one of the best family cars to buy in 2021[2], praising “the vast boot” which on the hatchback version fits 625 litres of luggage[3].

Best for: Space, luxury, great family car.

Toyota Prius

This hybrid car is well-suited to frugal motorists, according to Carbuyer, particularly those who need a car mainly for shorter distances[4].

Toyota claims that the Prius is comfortably capable of over 60mpg and drivers faced with a short daily commute are likely to find the Prius more cost-effective to run than a regular petrol hatchback, Carbuyer says.

You could also save money on trips to the garage with this model, as it has been praised as among the most reliable new cars to own.

Best for: short distances, cost-effective, reliability.


While its more up-market that the other cars on this list, Carwow describes the BMW X3 plug-in hybrid as a comfortable and roomy family car that’s easy to drive. What’s more, according to BMW the XDrive 30E model can provide 135mpg, earning it a place in Carwow’s most economical cars 2021.

Watch out though, the car buying comparison site does highlight that some of the model’s more desirable features cost extra.

Best for: space, luxury, families.

Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 is Arnold Clark’s favourite deal of 2021. The dealer says, based on its price, it tends to match or beat other city cars’ low running costs, lower insurance costs, build quality and interior space[5]. All in all, it does the basics really, really well, says Arnold Clark. 

If you’re looking for a small and good value car for your grown-up child, then this is one to consider.

Best for: Small, low running costs, first car.

Seat Ateca

You may not have heard of the Seat Ateca, but this family SUV has won lots of critical acclaim since it hit the roads in 2016 (when Auto Express named it Best Crossover in their New Car Awards).

The Ateca is now a popular choice for drivers who are looking for a good value, used car. In fact, it’s unrivalled for practicality, driving fun and excellent value for money, according to What Car, which named the Ateca the overall winner of its 2021 Used Car of the Year Awards[6]. They noted that used models can now be bought for less than half what you’d spend to buy one new – that’s got to be worth checking out.

Best for: Practicality, value, driveability.

Peugeot 108

If you're considering getting a new car, looking towards the more fuel-efficient end of the market could be a smart move. 

Our research into fuel efficient cars has shown that the best fuel efficient car for under £15,000 is the Peugeot 108, which claims 79mpg.

Alternatively, if you have a bigger budget, the Peugeot 208 1.5L BlueHDi Active 100 offers 88mpg.

Best for: Compact, fuel-efficient.

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[1] https://www.parkers.co.uk/best-cars/family-cars/

[2] https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/62396/best-family-cars-to-buy

[3] https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/skoda/superb

[4] https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/recommended/best-mpg-and-fuel-economy

[5] https://www.arnoldclark.com/newsroom/4545-the-top-10-cheapest-cars-to-insure-in-the-uk-2021

[6] https://www.whatcar.com/news/used-car-of-the-year-awards-2021-overall-winner/n22047