Sometimes, you just can’t afford that pillar-box red Lotus in the window of your local car dealership. No matter how much you want it, it’s always about £20,000 over your budget. Everybody’s got to have a dream, though and one day – one day you’ll be driving a MINI that’s the exact same colour as that Lotus. How’s that for excitement?
Seriously, though – owning and maintaining a car is a serious business. It’s seriously expensive too. We can’t all afford to race around town in a sports car. Some of us have got bills to pay, kids to feed and petrol prices to contend with. If you’re currently struggling to keep up with the cost of owning a car, it might be time to trade your vehicle in for something a little friendlier. Here’s a guide to the lowest maintenance cars currently on the market.
Nissan Versa (S Sedan)
According to ExtremeTech.com journalist Bill Howard, the Nissan Versa is one of the very best subcompact cars on the market today. Whilst it might not be the most exciting vehicle that you’ll ever drive, it is fairly inexpensive to buy new, to run and to maintain. If expense is a big concern, the Nissan Versa is a very good choice to make. It has a rather impressive array of gadgets – navigation, cameras, infotainment options. Most of these are optional extras, but they’re surprisingly cheap compared to the extras offered by other manufacturers. For a very reasonable price, you can even purchase a 360-degree monitor that lets you see your car from every angle. It’s useful for backing out of tricky parking spaces, that’s for sure.
Chevrolet Spark (Base)
The Chevrolet Spark is a pretty nifty little car. It’s Chevrolet’s first ever subcompact vehicle and though it only has a small engine, it handles like a much bigger car. It’s nimble, agile and lots of fun to drive. Plus, it’s cheap too – a brand new one will only set you back about £11,000. Some experts have criticised the Spark’s rather noisy nature, but most agree that it’s a very competent and satisfying car for drivers on a budget, say the experts at WhatCar.com. It does come in some rather eye-watering shades of green though, so pick carefully when they ask you what colour you want yours in. Don’t say ‘I don’t mind’ or you’ll end up with a lime green monstrosity.
Toyota Yaris (L)
Now, this car isn’t one of the cheapest to buy brand new, but it is one of the cheapest cars to own and maintain. Just like the Echo and the Tercel, the Yaris is the very epitome of low maintenance driving. It comes with low emissions, low insurance premiums and a very pleasing gas mileage. Even though this car is a little more expensive than the Chevrolet Spark and the Nissan Versa, it’s still reasonably cheap compared to other vehicles currently on the market. In fact, the Toyota Yaris is just a great all rounder. If you’re looking for a low maintenance car – grab one of these as fast as you can manage. You won’t regret it.
Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)
The Ford Fiesta is one of the cheapest cars on the market right now. It’s also one of the most enjoyable to drive, say the experts at TopGear.com. There’s a long list of very good reasons why this car is the top selling vehicle in the country – buy one and you’ll find out for yourself. It’s not the quickest car in the world, but that doesn’t matter. It handles like a pro, turning corners in an effortless, agile fashion that’ll have you whooping from the front seat. Jeremy Clarkson called it a remarkable car with preternatural abilities. It could be time for you to find out if he’s right.
Author Bio: Ryan Wilkinson is a car enthusiast and automotive blogger. He recently bought a brand new Chevrolet Spark from Balgores. Ryan can usually be found reviewing new releases on his personal website.