Drivers today are truly spoiled. There have never been so many great makes and models on the market to choose from. Add to that the car safety technology and parking assistance, and you have cars that work to make driving as easy as possible for everyone to use. So choosing your next car can be more about personal preference than any other factor that used to affect buying a car in the past.
For many of us, the biggest factor behind car buying is getting the most value for your money. You want a car that will make the investment in its purchase truly worthwhile, whatever price point you are working with. Here at Creditplus, we help drivers get behind their dream car all year round. So we’ve put together a list of the best value cars of 2022, so you can get the most of your money.
Dacia is a brand of car maker that’s whole ethos is based on value for money. Proving that you don’t have to break the bank to get a good quality car, Dacia’s low price has gone from being a question of ‘Why so slow?’ to a question of ‘Why can’t all cars be this cheap?’. Out of all the models on the market, our favourite is still the Dacia Sandero.
It’s one of the cheapest new hatchbacks you can buy, and you can get a great deal on a used vehicle too. While there aren’t many frills, if you need a reliable car to get you out and about on the road that has a spacious, comfortable interior, then the Dacia Sandero does the job.
Naming a car after an animal that is notoriously slow and lazy is a bold move, but the Fiat Panda is named for its looks rather than its actual drive quality. If you squint at the front, you can sort of see a bearlike eyes and ears in the headlights and wing mirrors. But we’re focusing on the wrong thing here!
The Fiat Panda is one of the better superminis on the market. That bold styling does make it stand out from the somewhat cookie cutter hatchback market. The engines are also very economical, so you won’t be spending too much at the petrol pump. Add to that its low price and it’s a great choice if you want more value for money when you drive.
If you want an efficient, smart car then you can’t go wrong with Hyundai. It seems their cars are always placing well on car of the year lists and their reliability is among the very best on the market.
The Hyundai i10 is possible the best small hatchback on the market. For new drivers, it is so easy and smooth to drive, you’ll find yourself getting used to the road in next to no time. There’s also a really spacious boot for its size, ideal for shopping bags or buggies. For more experienced and older drivers, the Hyundai i10 provides excellent value for money thanks to its efficient engine ranges. While it isn’t the most thrilling car to drive, it does the job with very little fuss indeed.
Value for money can also translate to a car that won’t give you any headaches. The Ford Fiesta fits more than comfortable in that category, thanks to it being one of the finest all-rounder cars you can buy.
While it has the safety features and interior comfort that you want from a hatchback, it is also somewhat surprisingly fun to drive, thanks to responsive handling and a range of engines that give the car a bit of a kick. And if the driving isn’t entertaining you, then the infotainment features are all well designed to help take the tedium out of driving.
It’s been one of the most popular cars in the UK for years, which means mechanics know how they tick and there are lots of spare parts around if needed.
The Vauxhall Corsa is similar in many ways to the Ford Fiesta. It’s one of those mass market cars designed to do a lot of things really well, without needing to excel in any specific area. You get a lot of equipment for the basic price, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There are a range of efficient engines to choose from that provide good MPG ratings. It’s also a nice fun drive.
But the value (apart from its low price) comes from its popularity, as once again it regularly competes at the top of the bestselling car list, meaning more support and repairs available than some less popular models.
Good value doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style, and the BMW 1 Series is one of the most stylish hatchbacks on the market. That comes from the distinctive BMW styling which combines a sort of futuristic edge with the reputation for quality that carmaker has earned over the year.
Inside is where the car really excels, with the build quality and design of the seats and upholstery, and an infotainment system that allows you to adjust the car to keep you warm, comfortable and entertained at all times. But the engines are where you see real value, as they come in a range of sizes that all combine power with efficiency. It also retains its value better than some models in its class, so any investment won’t be immediately lost to depreciation.