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The best first cars to buy under £5,000

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All I want for Christmas is…. My very first car! We’ve compiled a list of our top first cars for under £5,000.

Smart Fortwo

Now 20 years old, the Smart Fortwo remains an incredibly popular supermini. The most common Fortwo features an economical 1.0 litre engine and automatic gearbox, ideal for nipping through the city and squeezing into the tightest of parking spaces. The Smart Fortwo’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is good for 60mpg+ and for a 2007-14 model, you’ll never pay more than £30 for a year’s road tax.   

£5,000 can buy many different trim level Fortwos, featuring sat nav, leather seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth and much more.

Take a look at our current stock of Smart vehicles.

Fiat 500

It’s been 11 years now since the extremely popular Fiat 500 was reborn. The stylish Italian supermini was an immediate hit, selling over 175,000 units in its first full year of production across Europe.

For £5,000, you could get a Fiat 500 Pop with 1.2-litre petrol engine capable of over 55mpg and manual gearbox. Road tax is only £30 for the year and the car sits in insurance group 5, ideal for younger drivers.

Take a look at our current stock of Fiat 500.


Released in 2012, from a joint project with VW and Skoda, the SEAT Mii was designed as an affordable car for urban driving. The Mii is great for your wallet and for the environment. It’s 1.0-litre petrol engine can generate over 60mpg and less than 100g/km Co2.

£5,000 could get you a SEAT Mii 1.0 Toco with allow wheels, parking sensors and air conditioning. Furthermore, only £20 a year road tax!

Take a look at our current stock of SEAT Mii.

Peugeot 108

Similarly to the SEAT Mii, the Peugeot 108 is also part of a three-way joint venture. In 2005, Peugeot worked alongside Citroen and Toyota to release the 108, C1 and AYGO respectively. All looked similar to one another and were available with the same 1.0-litre petrol engine and 1.4 diesel engine. Now in second generation guise, each model features more unique styling.

£5,000 will buy you a 108 Active 1.0-litre petrol with manual gearbox in a range of colours. Interior features include a touch screen display with Bluetooth, air conditioning and electric front windows. A pre-2017 1.0-litre 108 also comes with £0 road tax!

Take a look at our current stock of Peugeot 108.


Cargiant also have many other cars available for under £5,000. Visit our website here and book yourself a test drive.

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