City or Country: Cost-Effective Cars for Different Driving Experiences

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When it comes to choosing a car, the first things you think about are purpose and cost. If you are a city dweller, you will need something very different to car buyers living in the countryside, and the average price of each make and model can vary.

However, if you look in the right places, you can find high quality used cars that do the job and won’t break the bank. If you are trying to whittle down the list of cars you’d love drive, follow this quick-look round-up of some of the best cars for city and country driving.

City Slickers

  • Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is dinky, yet mighty enough to get around even the fiercest city ring road. It comes in five trim levels, with entry level ‘1’ offering 14” steel wheels and an LCD stereo system.

The 1.0-litre engine does the job nicely and is the most wallet-friendly if you’re sticking to your budget. The steering is perfect for urban driving and the car is nippy enough to get around, with 66bhp.

 Volkswagen Up

The compact Up is Volkswagen’s sweet city car. The lightweight aluminum engine is perfect for getting to and from the office and outputs range from 59bhp to 89bhp, although the latter comes with the top – therefore more expensive – spec. There is a choice of four trims, with the entry level one, ‘Take Up’, featuring 14” steel wheels, DAB radio and LED day-running lights – all perfect for getting around town.

Country Drives

  • MINI Countryman

The MINI Countryman does what it says on the tin. For a range of terrains that demand a robust performance, this is the one that will get you along B-roads and beyond.

You don’t have to completely blow the budget to get a powerful version of this model. The 2.0-litre Cooper SD diesel engine performs well while still being economical. Plus, with a capacity of 350 litres, there is enough boot space for your wellies and rucksack.

  • Nissan Juke

Nissan’s compact crossover is a popular choice for those who reside in the countryside. To make sure all the boxes are ticked for country driving, you may have to pay more for one of the two 4×4-supported versions within the Juke range – the 1.6-litre Nismo and the 1.6-litre DiG-T. Out of the two, the slightly cheaper DiG-T offers 184bhp, which should be powerful enough to handle UK roads.

Once you have the one you’d like in mind, get researching the financing options out there. From part exchange to finance packages like this one for used cars from The AA, there are plenty of money-saving deals to be had on your perfect motor.

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