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Most economical used cars for less than £2,000

  • Selection of budget cars that are also economical
  • Our picks include the Nissan Micra and Fiat Panda
  • Search Parkers cars for sale to find your next bargain
  • Selection of budget cars that are also economical
  • Our picks include the Nissan Micra and Fiat Panda
  • Search Parkers cars for sale to find your next bargain

Buying a used car on a budget isn’t just about the purchase price. You also need to think about the added costs such as insurance, road tax and fuel.

With the ever-increasing price of petrol and diesel, picking an economical car is more important than ever. That’s why we’ve scoured Parkers Cars for Sale section to try and find a pick of affordable cars that also offer good fuel economy.

Here’s our choice of economical cars for less than £2,000.


Fiat Panda 1.3 MultiJet Dynamique (2004-2011)

Used Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda is one of the firm favourites for anyone on the lookout for a small and low-cost car. Not only is this model capable of achieving 65mpg, according to the Italian maker, but insurance costs and tax prices are also very low. It’s great fun to drive around town, but can also hold its own on motorways.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Water leaks into the cabin
  • Failed electric power steering
  • Failing clutch master cylinder

Parkers star rating: Four stars
Used price from: £900
Real-world fuel economy: 50mpg
Insurance group: 1-8

Skoda Fabia TDI PD Classic (2000-2007)

Used Skoda Fabia

This Skoda Fabia was the beginning of the Czech company cementing its reputation as a solid and reliable car maker. It’s well-equipped and is roomier than the equivalent Volkswagen Polo, and likely to be cheaper too. The 1.4-litre diesel engine is slow and can feel a little agricultural, but what you lose in performance you make up in low running costs.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Noisy starter motors
  • Tired engine mounts
  • Damp interior points to heater failure

Parkers star rating: Three and a half stars
Used price from: £995
Real-world fuel economy: 55mpg
Insurance group: 2-13

Citroen C3 1.4 HDi Exclusive (2002-2010)

Used Citroen C3

At more than 15 years old, this version of the Citroen C3 is starting to show its age. The French maker’s alternative to the likes of the Peugeot 207 and Vauxhall Corsa is let down by the poor quality interior and cheap looking plastics. However, it makes a lot of sense as a used buy because of its low purchase price and excellent economy.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Avoid paddleshifter models
  • Electrical issues
  • Engine oil leaks

Parkers star rating: Two and a half stars
Used price from: £690
Real-world fuel economy: 55mpg
Insurance group: 2-14

Renault Clio 1.5 DCi Dynamique (2001-2008)

Used Renault Clio

Fun to drive with low running costs, the Renault Clio is the ideal first car. The diesel engines are surprisingly good and economical. Pre-2001 models did feel a little poor quality, particularly the interior, but a facelift after this year improved things. Like the C3, the Clio lost its value quickly, and never recovered, making it a genuine used-car bargain. If you find the right one.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Loose passenger windows
  • Seat material that's worn out
  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve can fail

Parkers star rating: Three stars
Used price from: £695
Real-world fuel economy: 55mpg
Insurance group: 5-19

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi Life (2003-2006)

Used Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is the perfect car for anyone after a low-cost and easy-to-drive car. It also comes well equipped for little money. Due to the popularity there are also plenty of different engine choices and trims available. It does lose out to many of its rival for things like space and handling, though.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Noisy steering rack
  • Failing rear wheelbearings
  • Baggy gearchange linkages

Parkers star rating: Three stars
Used price from: £850
Real-world fuel economy: 50mpg
Insurance group: 2-19

Nissan Micra 1.5 dCi S (2003-2010)

Used Nissan Micra

When it was launched back in 2003, this version of the Nissan Micra set the bar high for other small cars. The looks might not be everyone's cup of tea but it is well equipped – some models even come with keyless entry - and cheap to run. The light steering makes inner-city driving and parking incredibly easy while its reliability record is enviable.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Tired clutches
  • Bodywork damage
  • Worn suspension bushes

Parkers star rating: Four stars
Used price from: £775
Real-world fuel economy: 61mpg
Insurance group: 6-17

Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D GS (1999-2005)

Used Toyota Yaris

This is a bit of a rarer find than the rest of the cars in the list, mainly because the Yaris holds on to its value so well. It’s well built and robust, while the low running costs couple with its excellent reliability make it a great used buy. You might struggle to find the exact car you’re after, but it’s worth waiting around for a diesel model.

Three problems to watch out for

  • Oil leaks
  • rust around the edges
  • Caned examples

Parkers star rating: Four stars
Used price from: £65
0Real-world fuel economy: 50mpg
Insurance group: 5-11


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