Best new cars for under £250 per month
For less than £250 per month, you can drive away in some of the best superminis, hatchbacks and crossovers
With a monthly budget of just £250 you can drive away from a variety of UK dealerships with an exciting new car, everything from superminis to hatchbacks and crossovers.In our list of the best new cars for under £250 per month we've picked out some of the best cars on the market right now, including the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Scala.You might also be seduced by the quirkiness of the Citroen C3 or fall in love with the new Mazda CX-30. If so you're in luck: both can be bought for less than £250 per month. All of these vehicles have plenty going for them. Whether you're after driving fun or just lots of space in the boot, there's a car to suit your needs here.All of the deals are Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) schemes, so you’ll pay a deposit and a set number of monthly payments. When you’ve paid the last of these monthly instalments the contract comes to an end, and you’ll have the option of paying a final lump sum to take ownership of the car. Alternatively, you can use the car’s remaining value to trade-in for a new model, or you can hand the keys back to the dealer and part ways.Scroll down to find our list of the best cars for £250 or less.
Best new cars for under £250 per month
Skoda Scala - £226 per month
Model: Skoda Scala 1.0 TSI 115 SE manualList price: £18,930Deposit: £2,250 (£2,250 contribution)Monthly payments: £225.71Number of payments: 47APR: 5.9%Optional final payment: £6,198.30Total to pay by customer if returning: £12,858.37Total to pay by customer if keeping: £19,056.67
Skoda got clever with the Scala by stretching the VW Group’s small-car platform to a size where it could underpin a larger model. The result is a belter of a family car, with decent space in the cabin, a generous boot and strong kit levels.
It isn’t perhaps the most thrilling drive in the market, but the Scala is composed and comfy when it matters. Our preferred engine, the 1.0 TSI with 113bhp, is quick enough for most uses, even when the car is fully loaded. SE trim level brings lots of kit, too, including an infotainment system that’s up there with the best in the market. It all adds up to a great-value offering that is, right now, our favourite family car.
Citroen C3 - £230 per month
Model: Citroen C3 PureTech 82 FeelList price: £16,120Deposit: £1,612 (£1,650 contribution)Monthly payments: £230.29Number of payments: 36APR: 2.9%Optional final payment: £5,376Total to pay by customer if returning: £9,902.44Total to pay by customer if buying: £15,278.44
The Citroen C3 oozes personality, with its cheeky design and those rubberised Airbumps that run along the doors. Inside, the C3 has an uncluttered dashboard, with almost all the buttons moved to the touchscreen. But frustratingly, that also includes the climate controls.
Even so, you’ll forgive the car a few foibles because it’s so different from much of the norm in the class. And where the C3 scores big is on practicality – its boot remains one of the largest in the class – and personality. There are plenty of funky options to allow you to tailor the car to your own tastes – and make it unlike any other C3 in your neighbourhood.
SEAT Arona - £245 per month
Model: SEAT Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE TechnologyList price: £18,200Deposit: £2,000 (£1,500 contribution)Monthly payments: £245.33Number of payments: 36 monthsAPR: 6.1%Optional final payment: £7,942.50Total to pay by customer if returning: £10,831.88Total to pay by customer if buying: £18,774.38
The SEAT Arona shares its platform with the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross. However, the Spanish SUV puts an emphasis on driving dynamics, with seemingly sharper steering and better body control. The thrummy, tried and tested three-cylinder engine is a great match, and our top-pick SE Technology model comes loaded with kit.
For just a small premium over the basic SE, the better-specified car boasts sat-nav, wireless phone charging and rear parking sensors – on top of the standard car’s 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and contrast-colour roof. It’s a distinctive little thing that’s as at home on the motorway as it is around town.
Ford Fiesta - £249 per month
Model: Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (100PS) TitaniumList price: £18,320Deposit: £1,830 (£1,000 contribution)Monthly payments: £248.58Number of payments: 36APR: 0%Optional final payment: £6,541Total to pay by customer if returning: £10,778.88Total to pay by customer if buying: £17,319.88
It’s Britain’s biggest-selling car year in, year out – and it’s not hard to understand why. The Fiesta blends superb driving dynamics with comfort and efficiency, regardless of which version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine you choose. All are better than the 1.1-litre engines formerly the entry point to the range, while a pair of 1.5-litre diesels promise as much as 88.3mpg for drivers needing long-distance efficiency.
Unusual these days is the fact that there are three and five-door bodystyles available across the range, so buyers can prioritise looks or practicality. Tech and interior quality is good, but now that Zetec trim has been dropped, there’s a big gap between the entry-level Trend trim and the well-appointed Titanium – the model that we recommend.
Mazda CX-30 - £249 per month
Model: Mazda CX-30 2.0 Skyactiv-G SE-LList price: £23,685Deposit: £3,093.25 (£1,000 contribution)Monthly payments: £249Number of payments: 42APR: 3.9%Optional final payment: £10,860.75Total to pay by customer if returning: £13,551.25Total to pay by customer if buying: £24,412
Mazda’s range of SUVs was bolstered last year with the addition of a brand-new compact crossover badged CX-30.
It sits between the CX-3 and CX-5, but is more of a hatchback on stilts than a fully-fledged SUV. That helps the CX-30 to drive beautifully, with sharp handling and a comfortable ride. The interior feels luxurious, although a family of four might struggle to get comfortable.
Like the rest of the Mazda range, the crossover uses relatively large 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engines – with a mild-hybrid system in this car. It’s smooth, but you’ll need to push it to get the best out of it. A perfect case of try before you buy.
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