Practical and exciting cars for less than £15,000

I've put on my sensible hat on this week

2y ago

Britain's best selling car is the Ford Fiesta which starts at £13,965 which will get you a base spec 'Style' model but if you want a desirable one, you'll want the Zetec trim which you can get for £15,465. For the money, you get a 1.1 litre engine with a whopping 84bhp, Ford SYNC with an 8 inch touchscreen, USB, Apple CarPlay and a range of other useful features.

We've used the Fiesta Zetec as a benchmark this week, as I have found some exciting and practical cars which will cost you less than £15,000.

VW Golf GTI | £14,995

The VW Golf GTI is the definition of fun and practical thanks to it's practical design, large boot for its class, decent economy and plenty of power. This particular Golf GTI has a 2.0 litre turbo engine which will pump out 218bhp, a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 152mph. It's also practical as it does an average of 47mpg and will only cost you £140 a year in road tax.

The one we found can be yours for £14,995.

Ford Fiesta ST-3 | £14,071

It's clear that we like hot hatches and this is one of the best. We found a stunning Ford Fiesta ST-3 finished in black and comes with a gorgeous black/red interior. Power comes from a 1.6 litre turbo engine which is good for 180bhp, a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 139mph. It may not be as big as the Golf GTI but it still has decent interior space, it'll do an average of 48mpg and will cost £140 a year in tax.

You can find plenty of used Fiesta ST's but this ST-3 will cost you £14,071.

Porsche Cayman S | £14,495

Ok, a Porsche Cayman S will never be as practical as an Audi TTS, but the the fact that it's a Porsche makes it the better option in my eyes. This Cayman S is powered by a 3.4 litre flat-6 engine which is good for 295bhp, a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 171mph. This is easily the fastest car here. You also get two useable boot spaces; one in the front and one in the back. Economy wise, you're looking at an average of 26mpg if you're lucky and a yearly tax bill of £540. Yeah, this won't be cheap to run.

But, despite the high tax bill and fuel costs, this Cayman S will cost you just £14,495.

Mazda 3 2.0 165 Sport Nav | £13,500

This is the uber sensible choice; a Mazda 3 2.0 165 Sport Nav. It may seem a bit boring but this Mazda 3 is only two years old and it's lost over £10,000 off of it's original asking price. This is a top of the line Mazda 3 so you get everything as standard, along with the 2.0 litre petrol version of Mazda's SkyActiv engine. Said engine will give you 163bhp, a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 130mph. When it comes to economy, it'll return an average of 49mpg and a tax bill of £140.

This practical hatchback will set you back £13,500.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 TD V6 | £12,749

This is another sensible choice as this is a diesel estate. But it just so happens to be a Jaaaag. The first Jaguar XF Sportbrake is easily one of the best looking estates ever made and now, high mileage ones are becoming cheap. This one has the 3.0 TD V6 which is good for 271bhp, a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. It'll return an average of 46mpg and will set you back £195 a year in road tax.

This lovely example is finished in a metallic red, comes with 20 inch wheels and an all black leather interior. It can be yours for £12,749.

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Comments (15)

  • I understand it’s implied, but the article never clarifies the prices are new vs used.

      2 years ago
  • Jaaaag!!

      2 years ago
  • An early Jaguar XFR; the coolest interior, five seats, four doors, as reliable as you like, and makes the rest look pedestrian.

      2 years ago
  • Jaaaaaaaaag

      2 years ago
  • I very nearly bought a Cayman S myself.. then read the horror stories of reliability on the early ones like this.. opted for the TT RS instead and not regretting it

      2 years ago