Frugal used cars for less than £5k

  • Save money with our budget-busting cars
  • All of these used cars costs £20 per year to tax
  • Each will do 60mpg and costs less than £5k

With more and more of us feeling the pinch these days, everyone wants to save money wherever they can. If you're clever about picking the right car, you could potentially save hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year in running costs.

If you're thinking about starting the chore of trawling the used cars for sale section of the classifieds section in your local paper, why not have a look at this selection of fantastic second-hand deals?

We've picked out the four cars for sale today that boast more than 60mpg, cost £20 a year in road tax and can be bought second-hand for less than £5,000. 

Citroen C1 1.0i Vibe 3dr

Why buy?
The C1 is a great drive, is cheap to run and fits into the smallest of spaces. The petrol engine in the Vibe is a lively little unit, although things can get a little noisy on the motorway. The low insurance costs also means it's the perfect first car or great for anyone looking to downsize.

MPG: 61

Emissions: 108g/km

Road tax band: B

One we found: Grey, 06 reg, £3,485

Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVTi

Why buy?
The Aygo has cheeky styling aimed at twenty-somethings, and has enough space to transport four fully grown adults in relative comfort. It boasts ultra-low running costs and superior build quality to most cars of this size. The little three cylinder engine is a feisty little unit, but incredibly frugal at the same time. Nimble handling and a smooth ride adds to this being one of the best city cars you can buy.

MPG: 61

Emissions: 108g/km

Road tax band: B

One we found: Grey, 06 reg, £4,495

Peugeot 107 1.0 Urban Life

Why buy?
This peppy car has a very frugal engine, but it's still fun to drive. It's well-equipped and has a surprising amount of room inside - easily enough for four adults. The small size means it is ideal for zipping around busy city streets, while parking and tight manouvres are incredibly easy too.

MPG: 61

Emissions: 109g/km

Road tax band: B

One we found: Red, 05 reg, £4,041

Suzuki Alto 1.0 SZ2

Why buy?
The Alto is a small car designed to cut costs. It boasts exceptional fuel economy, very low insurance costs and a reasonable amount of equipment. It feels very robustly built, but it does lack a bit of the fun factor of other small cars.

MPG: 64

Emissions: 103g/km

Road tax band: B

One we found: Red, 09 reg, £4,991

Parkers Top Tip:

If you're looking for a second-hand car you can always check our Cars For Sale section, or get a value on a car you're interested in from our What's It Worth Car Price Guide.