The Best New Cars For Less Than 15000

Ford Fiesta

It’d be impossible to leave Britain’s best-selling car off of this list, so let’s begin with this. A household name for 40 years, the Fiesta is as popular as ever.

Like all cars, it’s grown over the years and is now an all-rounder that can happily be used as your only car. The latest version is claimed by Ford to be the most technologically advanced small car in the world.

The range now gets the Vignale treatment, bringing Ford’s posh moniker to its small car for the first time. There will also be an ST-Line sporty model, a Titanium and an Active crossover.

It gets pedestrian detection – the first Ford to do so – and active park assist.

You can have a Bang and Olufsen sound system and Ford’s latest infotainment system.

Engines include the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, with 150ps, as well as the Fiesta’s first high-powered diesel. Prices start from £12,715.

Ford Fiesta

Kia Picanto

While Kia has gone upmarket over the years – and done very well for it – its little car remains true to the original ethos of affordable motoring that brought the South Korean firm to the UK in 1991.

The Picanto is still functional and cheap, but with a decidedly 2017 spin. Base spec gets electric front windows, USB socket, auto headlights, hill-start assist, split folding rear seats and six airbags, which, arguably, is all you really need.

Further up the range you can add automatic air con, electric rear windows, cruise control, sat nav, a rear parking camera, Bluetooth, heated mirrors, leather trim, alloys, body-coloured bumpers and door handles. The GT-Line has a nice sporty look to it as well. It’s roomier than ever, says Kia, with more luggage space.

Kia hasn’t bothered with diesel engines, sensibly, so there is a base 1.0, a bigger 1.25 and the gem of the range, the turbo 1.0 T-GDi. The Picanto is quiet and refined at speed and the driving position is very comfortable, even for the tall. The interior is decent, if still a little basic until you get towards the top of the range. You can have one for as little as £9,450 and the most you can spend, at the moment, is £13,950.

Kia Picanto

Citroen C4 Cactus

This quirky one from Citroen is everything that we love about French cars.

The C4 Cactus stands out, is actually rather good, and is packed with useful stuff. All cars have good kit, with standard spec including hill start assist, cruise control, electric windows in the front, a touch screen system and digital radio. On the inside this crossover is minimalist and functional, but not lacking in smartness, and storage is everywhere.

It’s low on running costs – CO2 on the BlueHDI diesel, for example, is a mere 92g/km, while claimed combined mpg is 80. Economy on all engines is in the 60s, with CO2 getting no higher than 107g/km.

The Cactus is great value package, particularly for families. List price is a touch over, but there’s no reason you can’t bag one for just under £15,000 in reality.

Citroen C4 Cactus

Dacia Duster

Dacia is a brand for those wanting no nonsense and the Duster SUV is a prime example. In fact, you’re unlikely to find a more capable new car at a lower price.

You get plenty of space, plenty of practicality and decent all-round build quality thanks to Renault underpinnings. That also means that you get reliable, efficient and clean Renault petrol and diesel engines. And the value is plain to see – while the base model comes in well below our threshold here – at a bargain £9,495 – even the top-end version, with all the bells and buttons, only busts our top end by £195.

And there’s a new one coming, too.

The next generation Duster is coming in mid-2018 – the question is whether it will stick to the same ethos. Dacia is promising new styling, equipment and an updated interior. There will also be new kit including a multi-view camera, blind spot warning and automatic air con.

Dacia Duster

Vauxhall Corsa

It is perhaps a testament to the Corsa’s popularity that Vauxhall only tends to see the need to give it a major overhaul every eight years or so. The current Corsa is a couple of years into its life now and still looks nice and fresh.

Like most Vauxhalls, it’s come a long way since the previous generation and is now modern and slick inside and out. There are decent petrol and diesel options, all clean and efficient and, for the most part, peppy.

There’s decent connectivity on offer and the Corsa comes with very handy wifi as well. There are some nice sporty versions to be had as well. Prices start from less than £10,000 and Vauxhall is always up there when it comes to tempting finance deals.

Vauxhall Corsa

New Insurance Categories For Salvaged Cars

Previously based on considerations such as repair costs and pre-accident value, the code review focuses on the assessment of ‘structural’ and ‘non -structural’ damage.

Vehicles deemed structurally damaged, but repairable, will be marked with an ‘S’ on their V5C registration certificates and the following status: “This vehicle has been salvaged due to structural damage but following a technical evaluation declared suitable for repair.”

The salvage code review also affects current categories for write-offs and will be marked as the following:

A – Scrap

B – Break for parts

N – Non-structurally damaged repairable

The changes have been backed by insurance providers, manufacturers, the government, the police and salvage industries. Although in place from 1 October, the changes may take a while to filter through the used car market.

What does this mean for car buyers?

The changes have been put in place to protect car buyers by preventing unsafe vehicles being on the roads and prevent criminal activity. It should provide buyers with a more transparent view of the vehicles condition, offering the chance for a potential bargain, whilst also giving peace of mind when buying a second-hand car.

What steps should I take when buying a second-hand car?

There is always a risk in buying a second-hand vehicle when you don’t know the full history, that’s why the new code review is designed to protect the buyer as much as possible. But we would always recommend that you take these steps to ensure you are fully protected:

  • Always take a test drive
  • Carry out a full history check, you can do this by contacting the DVLA with the cars registration number
  • Check the MOT history
  • Check for any gaps with the service history
  • Get a technician to look over the vehicle for any repairs
  • Check the price and condition of other similar vehicles online


You can also have a look at our top 5 tips when you go to view a used car.

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Highlights From This Years Frankfurt Motor Show


Bentley has a ‘defining moment’

The all-new Continental GT made its global debut at Frankfurt.

Commenting on its unveiling, Bentley’s chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “Today is a defining moment for Bentley Motors. Today we build on our recent success story and look to the future with a new car that will set new standards in luxury grand touring. Today we introduce a car that is the ultimate in extraordinary design, technology and innovation.

“When Bentley launched the original Continental GT in 2003 it established an entirely new market segment – the modern luxury grand tourer. “Today, I’m convinced that we are redefining this segment again. It is an honour to replace a car that has – for 14 years – been the benchmark against which all other grand tourers are judged.”

The third generation of the legendary Bentley Continental GT is designed, engineered and handcrafted in the UK, ensuring, says Bentley, that the highest levels of attention to detail, artistry and cutting-edge technology are blended together “to create the finest grand tourer ever produced”.

The new Bentley Continental GT is available to order now, with customer deliveries starting in Q2 next year and Bentley has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid model will be available in the future.

Honda gives us a cute little EV

Honda revealed an all-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept.

The Japanese firm says the concept car is built on a completely new platform and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model.

The concept was officially introduced by Honda Motor Co president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, during his press conference speech.

“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” he added, confirming that the concept is set to be launched within two years. Honda says the concept showcases advanced technology within a simple and sophisticated design.

On the outside its low and wide proportions give the car a planted, muscular stance that hint at sporty driving performance. Its compact proportions mean it has a total vehicle length 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini. The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs.

At the front of the car, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates.

From the inside, Honda says that the driver gets excellent visibility thanks to slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the car.

Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. The electric charging cable connection is housed on the bonnet. The concept can accommodate four occupants, across two bench seats finished in different materials.

Duster cleans up

The original Dacia Duster was a triumph in the SUV market – offering a lot for its bargain basement starting price of less than £10,000.

Indeed, the budget version of Renault has done very well since coming to the UK. The question is, could it be in danger of creeping upmarket and losing its value edge?

The new Duster was unveiled at Frankfurt by Jean-Christophe Kugler, executive vice president and chairman of Europe Region. He said: “By building on the strengths of its predecessor, the all-new Duster simply brings customers more – all for a price that is still unbelievably affordable.

“As you can see, every single feature we added helps to facilitate everyday motoring.The all-new Duster is more Duster than ever. It’s an off-roader that will take customers further in even greater style and comfort.”

With more than one million cars sold, Dacia Duster has been revised and updated seven years after the model was first released. It gets new styling, equipment and a completely updated interior. The front and rear ends appear wider and the car’s lines are more horizontal with a higher belt line.

Meanwhile, new roof bars and prominent front and rear skid plates are pointers to the new Duster’s adventurer credentials. A new LED front lighting signature further accentuates Duster’s new look.

On the inside the dashboard has been totally redesigned, with the MediaNav display moved to the upper part of the dashboard. The seats have been revised for upgraded comfort and support and there is new kit awaiting buyers, including multi-view camera, blind spot warning, curtain airbags, automatic air conditioning and automatic head lights.

It goes on sale in the UK from the middle of 2018.

Kia had a busy one

Kia unveiled the Pro_cee’d Concept, alongside a series of new production models at the show.

The South Korean manufacturer says the Pro_cee’d Concept presents “a bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation cee’d family”. The concept was revealed alongside the new Kia Stonic crossover, which made its public premiere in Frankfurt.

The Picanto X-Line and upgraded Sorento were also revealed for the first time, before they go on sale globally later in the year.

The new Kia Pro_cee’d Concept has been created by Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt and hints at the design of the next-generation cee’d model family.

The extended hot hatch styling provides a low roofline, muscular proportions and compact footprint, says Kia. The concept features a striking ‘Sharkblade’ in the bodywork which reinforces the lack of B-pillars, while lateral strakes exaggerate the Pro_cee’d Concept’s waistline and lend an air of muscularity to the rear of the car.

Inside, the cabin is inspired by the world of bespoke tailoring and haute couture, says Kia.

Four split-back seats are wrapped in rippled black fabric, tailored by hand, with hand-painted satin fabric lining the doors and flowing into the footwells. The Pro_cee’d Concept’s dashboard controls are finished in highly tactile knurled aluminium.

Gregory Guillaume, chief designer Europe for Kia Motors, said: “With many European drivers now seeking performance alternatives to the three-door hot hatch style, we began thinking about a different halo model for the cee’d family.

“The Pro_cee’d Concept represents a bold new vision of how the vibrant soul of the pro_cee’d could be reincarnated and revitalised for a new generation of performance-oriented drivers.”

Volkswagen glimpses at its future

Volkswagen pointed the way to the future in Frankfurt.

Along with the world premiere of the new I.D.CROZZ – a zero emission SUV that will go into production in 2020 – three other premieres were featured: the new T-Roc, the new Polo GTI and the updated Golf Sportsvan.

Dr Herbert Diess, VW’s passenger cars chief: “We will be thoroughly updating our vehicle range by 2020 and expanding into important segments. In 2025 Volkswagen brand will already be offering 23 all-electric models and invest 6 billion euros in electric mobility over the next five years.

“In this process, the different drive technologies will continue to have currency for many years to come. It makes sense for diesel, petrol and electric drives to mutually complement one another.”

In presenting the updated I.D. CROZZ, a four-door electric concept car, Volkswagen showed us its SUV of the future. This crossover of SUV and coupé, which makes, “a masculine and powerful impression”, has been systematically further developed with an eye towards a production car.

In its interior, the new I.D.CROZZ impresses with a large amount of space and a highly versatile seating concept. B-pillars were omitted in the I.D. CROZZ, so that the large swinging and sliding doors could be opened wide, and it is even possible to transport a crossbike without any trouble.

The CleanAir system – a new Volkswagen development – continually supplies clean air to the interior.

Now it is also possible to open and close the doors and activate the fully automated ‘I.D. Pilot’ driving mode by voice command. The front and rear axles each have one electric motor drive whose torque distribution is controlled via an ‘electric propshaft’. The driving range of the SUV that outputs 225 kW and boasts a top speed of 111mph is up to 310 miles.

We already can’t wait for next year!

Landmark Announcement On Future Of Cars

 So why is this a big deal now?

Alternative power is nothing new for the car industry – electric and hybrid power is now mainstream – but two key announcements have signalled a major step towards a different future for the automotive industry.
It probably came as a bit of a surprise to many people when the French government announced its goal to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
That’s only 23 years away and, while it’s bound to attract some criticism from manufacturers and drivers, France’s big manufacturer, PSA, which makes Citroen and Peugeot cars, said it fitted with its plans to offer hybrid or electric versions of 80 per cent of its cars by 2023.
France is unusually dependant on diesel fuel, which is blamed for choking Paris in particular. The capitals mayor wants to ban diesel cars by 2020.
He’s not the only one – London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested that the same thing could happen in England.
France’s landmark announcement came in the same week as Volvo becoming the first major carmaker to announce that every model it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor.
It’s a historic landmark – the end of cars that only have internal combustion power. Volvo says that the announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification “and highlights how, over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine, electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history”. 
Similar announcements by other manufacturers are surely not far off.

What does it all mean?

These announcements are some of the most significant in regard to the future of cars for some time. Although technology continues to evolve, most of us still rely on traditional petrol or diesel power.
The reason is simple – although many people are attracted to electric cars or hybrids, the purchase cost is often over and above that of internal combustion and the maths don’t make sense.
But that’s changing – electric and hybrid cars are increasingly in line cost-wise with their petrol or diesel counterparts – take the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf as good examples.

 How will I power my car in the future?

 Electric cars have come a long way since the early efforts like the G-Wiz. Nowadays, most mainstream manufacturers offer an electric option.
Take the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq as good examples.
These cars are making electric power affordable, with purchase costs now coming closer and closer in line with petrol cars. The problem is range, but there are signs that issue is being pretty quickly addressed.
A few years ago you’d be lucky to get 100 real-world miles out of an electric car.
But technology is advancing quickly. A Tesla Model S, for example, might set you back £60,000+ at the moment, but its range is 300-400 miles. And that’s in line with petrols and diesels.
This sort of range will inevitably filter down to more modest electric cars over the next few years, while purchase costs will also continue to fall.
It’s not overstating things to imagine that in five years electric cars will offer few disadvantages over those powered by internal combustion.
For those who continue to worry about range, however, there are hybrids. And they are the most likely to benefit from announcements like we’ve seen from France.
Because they combine electric with petrol power there are no range problems and they will get around such new legislation. Toyota’s Prius was the trend-setter and now most of Toyota and Lexus’ range offer hybrid options.
And then there are fuel cells. The infrastructure is way off, but this is one to get excited about. Again it’s Toyota leading the way here.
Sure, the Mirai currently costs £60,000 to buy, but you fuel it like a traditional car – just with hydrogen rather than petrol or diesel – and it emits nothing but water.
And even the world’s top hypercars are now hybrids – such as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. It just proves that a change of power doesn’t have to mean cars will be any less exciting.

Will classics become even more important?

Quite possibly, yes. It’s not likely to be something that kicks in for quite some years, sure, but in the next couple of decades or so it’s perfectly conceivable that petrol and diesel-powered cars will become sought-after classics.
So if you’ve already got what is currently considered a classic car then look after it. The chances are its value will keep going up.