Cheapest five-door cars

Think more doors have to mean more money? That needn't be the case if you pick one of the cheapest five-door cars available

James Wilson
Jun 15, 2022

When there's a choice between three- and five-door models, those with more doors normally cost more. When it comes to used cars, though, there are still plenty of affordable five-door models that are both practical and good value. Five-door cars come in a number of shapes and sizes with the extra usability of rear doors making loading child seats, passengers and overflow luggage much easier.

When it comes to the 'cheapest' side of things, we've picked cars that are the cheapest in relation to similar alternatives. The Dacia Duster, for instance, is the cheapest SUV of its size and age, though more expensive than a lot of tiny city cars. Meanwhile, the cheapest city cars and superminis are some of the cheapest cars available for their age, full stop.

With that in mind, of the cheapest five-door cars listed below, there are a handful of different shapes and sizes. Most models are hatchbacks which have four doors to access the cabin and a fifth door to access the boot - and the cabin if you fold the rear seats down.

As for useful selling points to bear in mind, if you would like rear doors to help when loading child seats, it's worth getting a car with doors that open nice and wide so it is easy to load and unload. If you are looking for rear doors to mainly transport adult passengers, you'll want a car that offers good head- and legroom. Finally, while five-door cars with sloping rooflines and narrow rear windows can look sporty and sleek, they can make the back feel more claustrophobic.

Cheapest five-door cars

1. Suzuki Celerio

Cheapest five-door car for rock-bottom prices

Our pick Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet SZ3
Used deals from £5,750
Monthly finance from £0*

If you are looking for a remarkably affordable small five-door car then the Suzuki Celerio is a great option. Why? Simple - it's often one of the very cheapest five-door cars for its age. What is more surprising is that the Celerio is relatively well equipped, too. SZ3 trim includes Bluetooth, alloy wheels and air-conditioning. While these are standard on bigger, more expensive cars, it is not always the case with tiny, affordable cars like the Celerio.

Another major advantage to the Suzuki is its low running costs. All models use a small petrol engine with a modest power output - which should keep fuel bills nice and low. Insurance should be relatively cheap, even if the Celerio sits in a higher insurance group than some alternatives, such as the Hyundai i10. Saying that, the Suzuki fights back with a boot that is amongst the biggest in class, just beating the i10 and others such as the Volkswagen Up.

SUZUKI CELERIO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Peugeot 108

Cheapest five-door car for learner drivers

Our pick Peugeot 108 1.0 Allure
Used deals from £5,499
Monthly finance from £0*

First things first, not all Peugeot 108 models come with five doors, so if you are shopping online, be sure to filter your search to cars with five doors only. Second things second, if you aren’t sure about the styling of the 108, it's also worth considering the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, as these are closely related under the skin. These were made in the same factory and are fundamentally the same car.

All of these models use a frugal petrol engine, are enjoyable to drive when zipping around corners and are a doddle to drive in town. This is helped by having great visibility from the driver's seat and light steering, making parking and manoeuvring very straightforward. Tech such as reversing cameras is available, too, making things even easier. Some versions of these models also have a folding canvas roof, which is great on sunny days.

PEUGEOT 108 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Skoda Citigo

Cheapest five-door car for a second car

Our pick Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Monte Carlo
Used deals from £6,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Skoda did a great job with the Citigo. Despite being a small car, the cabin has enough room for four (there is no fifth seat, as is the case in many cars of this type) and the driving experience is comfortable and refined. This is especially impressive on faster 60mph and 70mph roads, where smaller cars can sometimes be bounced around due to being so light.

Not only is the Skoda Citigo one of the cheapest five-door cars for its age, it should be one of the cheapest to insure, too - especially in somewhat basic SE trim. This is because SE models can qualify for insurance group 1, which is the lowest available. This makes them great for learner drivers or as a cheap roundabout for town driving. If your budget allows, there are more plush trims such as Monte Carlo, which aside from anything else bring a little visual drama thanks to decals and alloy wheels, without adding much to the price.

SKODA CITIGO BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Dacia Sandero

Cheapest five-door car for practicality

Our pick Dacia Sandero 0.9/1.0 TCe Comfort
Used deals from £5,999
Monthly finance from £0*

Dacia is a brand that prides itself on affordable cars and it achieves such low prices by sharing parts with its sister brand, Renault. Shouldn’t Dacias be similar prices to Renaults then? Not quite. Dacia tends to use parts from older Renaults, which in itself is a positive as it means they have been tried and tested and should last well.

There was quite a significant update to the Sandero hatchback in 2020 and the resulting car is undoubtedly better than the model it replaced - being more modern looking, better equipped and offering a more refined drive - but it is more expensive as a result. If a new version is in budget, it's worth going for it over the older car, though if maximum value is your main priority, the older version is a wiser choice.

The cheapest Dacia is the Sandero and it is an alternative to cars like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, though prices are closer to those of much smaller models like the 108 and Citigo. Although entry-level Access models are incredibly cheap this does come at a cost and that is a lack of equipment - even a radio isn’t standard. As such, we’d recommend looking for a car in Ambience or Comfort trim, as these may cost a little more, but they give you a lot more car for your money.

DACIA SANDERO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Peugeot 208

Cheapest five-door car for young drivers

Our pick Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech Allure
Used deals from £4,780
Monthly finance from £0*

Sometimes great cars are overshadowed by one or two models that sell in greater numbers. The Peugeot 208 is one such car, as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa hog the small car limelight. Not only can the 208 be more affordable than either of its two main rivals, though, but Peugeot makes some of the most economical engines available. The 1.2-litre PureTech 110 petrol engine is particularly well suited to both town and motorway driving - offering impressive performance and fuel economy.

The 208 is a stylish small car, so there is no need to worry that your cheap five-door car will look too much like it came from the bargain bucket. The most controversial part of the 208 is its interior, specifically the tiny steering wheel which the driver looks over to see the dials for speed and fuel level. This is unlike most cars where you would look through a larger wheel. It takes a bit of getting used to but some drivers love the feeling of engagement that comes with the little go-kart-like steering wheel.

PEUGEOT 208 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Vauxhall Astra

Cheapest five-door car for families

Our pick Vauxhall Astra 1.0T Design
Used deals from £7,500
Monthly finance from £200*

Vauxhall launched a new generation of Astra in 2022 but it is the previous model that qualifies as one of the cheapest five-door cars around. In terms of size, the Astra is large enough to handle being family transport. The boot can swallow up to 370 litres of luggage, which is pretty good for a car of this type. There is an estate version which is fundamentally the same car only with a bigger boot, making it a great option for those who need to carry large pushchairs, lots of suitcases, dogs or other bulky loads.

If you are thinking of an Astra to move your precious kids about, you can rest assured that it has a full five-star safety rating. One selling point the Astra has that none of the others on this list can claim, is that it was developed and built in the UK. This goes a long way to explaining how good this Vauxhall is at smoothing out rough British roads.

VAUXHALL ASTRA BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Dacia Duster

Cheapest five-door car for SUV style

Our pick Dacia Duster 1.5/1.6 dCi Prestige
Used deals from £6,980
Monthly finance from £219*

Dacia number two on this list is called the Duster and it is an SUV - a type of car that is normally more expensive than alternative car types. There are two generations of Duster to choose from, the first of which finished production in 2017. As a result, there are some fantastically cheap older models to choose from. Much like the Sandero, we’d avoid entry-level Access spec unless absolutely necessary and aim for better-equipped versions instead.

Although this Dacia looks like a no-nonsense 4x4, Dacia knows that not all motorists want the higher running costs that four-wheel-drive brings, such as worse fuel economy. As a result, there are plenty of two-wheel-drive models to choose from that should be cheaper to buy and run.

Diesel models would be our pick - there are 1.5- and 1.6-litre engines to choose from - unless most of your driving is in town or you live in a place where local authorities are trying to persuade drivers away from older diesel cars, such as the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Kia Venga

Cheapest five-door car for older drivers

Our pick Kia Venga 1.6 ISG '3'
Used deals from £6,000
Monthly finance from £0*

The Kia Venga is a surprisingly affordable five-door car, though this Korean car does have a couple of negatives; firstly, it's not the most stylish. If you want a trendy car of this size, you'll typically need to pay a premium for an SUV or crossover. Secondly, it isn't all that much fun to drive. If motoring thrills are a priority you will need to look at sportier family hatchbacks. If those factors don't bother you, there is a lot going for the Venga.

The Kia Venga is very practical. There is plenty of room in the front and back for adults to travel in comfort. As the floor in the back is flat (most cars have a hump in the middle), there is lots of space for passengers to put their feet, it is easy to get into the middle and also possible to transport large items like mirrors and paintings without too much fuss.

Additionally, if you ever fold the back seats down, the remaining gap between the front seats is a great place to put the parcel shelf. There are plenty of other practical touches, economical engines and the option of desirable features such as a panoramic sunroof, so it's a cheap five-door car that needn't feel cheap.

KIA VENGA BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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