Lombardyexperience?'s 5-star cars you can buy for less than £25k

These five-star models are all proof that you don't need to shell out a fortune to get a fantastic car, whether you're shopping for a city car, a family hatchback, an SUV or even a spacious estat...

If you buy a car that achieved our top five-star rating, then you can be certain that you're getting one of the best cars on the market today.

Volkswagen Golf

These cars are nearly always at the top of their respective classes, and among them are plenty of Lombardyexperience? Car of the Year Award winners too.

You might think that you'll be forced to pay through the nose for the privilege of owning one of these cars, but there's actually a variety of five-star cars available for less than £25,000, and one that you can pick up for less than half that. From city cars to SUVs, there's something for everybody.

Here's our round-up of five-star cars that you can buy right now for less than £25,000.

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Our recommended version: 1.25 3 5dr

List price: £13,150

Target Price: £12,534

Our reigning city car champion offers tidy handling, a good-size boot by the standards of the class and excellent infotainment on upper trim levels.

Kia Picanto - interior

Kia Picanto - interior

It's good to drive and reasonably practical, too.

Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI 95 FR

List price: £17,240

Target Price: £15,229

The Ibiza is a fantastic choice in the small car market. It's deceptively spacious inside, comes with a range of peppy engines and is great to drive.

Seat Ibiza - interior

Seat Ibiza - interior

In short, it's a fantastic choice.

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI 95 SE

List price: £16,450

Target Price: £15,240

The Polo is the best small car you can buy right now.

Volkswagen Polo - interior

Volkswagen Polo - interior

Offering a superbly spacious interior, impressive refinement and a strong range of petrol engines - of which this 1.0-litre version is our favourite - the Polo really is the perfect small car.

Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI SE Technology [EZ]

List price: £18,075

Target Price: £16,584

The Arona might be Seat's smallest SUV, but it's surprisingly spacious inside and great to drive, offering tidy handling and a comfortable ride.

Seat Arona - interior

Seat Arona - interior

It will hold onto its value well, too, and our recommended SE Technology versions come with rear parking sensors and an upgraded infotainment system.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross

Our recommended version: 1.0 TSI 115 SE

List price: £19,550

Target Price: £19,176

The T-Cross is the best small SUV you can buy right now – it's great to drive, spacious inside and comes with an impressive array of safety equipment.

Volkswagen T-Cross - interior

Volkswagen T-Cross - interior

Plus it's competitive on running costs, so whether you're a company car driver or private car buyer, it deserves to be on your SUV shortlist.

Citroën Berlingo

Citroën Berlingo

Our recommended version: 1.2 Puretech Feel M

List price: £19,650

Target Price: £17,497

The Berlingo is our reigning champion in the family MPV market.

Citroën Berlingo - interior

Citroën Berlingo - interior

Why? Well, for starters it's incredibly spacious inside for both passengers and luggage, and the 1.2-litre petrol engine we recommend is delightfully flexible. It represents excellent value for money, too.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

Our recommended version: 1.5 TSI SE

List price: £20,940

Target Price: £19,231

The Octavia is quite simply the best family hatchback you can buy, which is why it earned our maximum five-star rating.

Skoda Octavia - interior

Skoda Octavia - interior

There are more stylish options, but if your priorities are a comfortable ride, loads of space and generous standard equipment for a very affordable price, then little gets close.

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

Our recommended version: ST-2 3dr

List price: £20,700

Target Price: £19,577

The Fiesta ST might only have a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine under its bonnet, but it's still enough to make this hatchback feel pocket-rocket fast.

Ford Fiesta ST - interior

Ford Fiesta ST - interior

In fact, the Fiesta ST is excellent to drive, with superb handling and a great driving position. It's one of the best hot hatchbacks around.

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Our recommended version: 1.5 TSI EVO Match 5dr

List price: £22,745

Target Price: £20,830

Ask 10 people to name a family car and chances are most of them will mention the Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen Golf - interior

Volkswagen Golf - interior

It's consistently among the most popular new cars sold in the UK, and with good reason: with such a wide range of engines and versions on offer, there's a model to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.

Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

Our recommended version: 1.5 TSI SE

List price: £23,295

Target Price: £21,835

This replacement for the Yeti combines superb practicality with a comfortable ride, it's available with luxurious features such as virtual instruments and gesture control.

Skoda Karoq - interior

Skoda Karoq - interior

It has a smart-looking interior that's loaded with kit, too.

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran

Our recommended version: 1.6 TDI 115 SE DSG

List price: £29,425

Target Price: £23,971

The Touran is an excellent choice if you're shopping for an MPV.

Volkswagen Touran - interior

Volkswagen Touran - interior

It's spacious, good to drive and feels very well built. It does carry a premium price tag, but hefty discounts ensure this isn't a problem.

Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

Our recommended version: 2.0 150 CR SE

List price: £24,530

Target Price: £24,530

The Skoda Superb is comfortable, well equipped, great value for money and one of the roomiest cars in its class.

Skoda Superb - interior

Skoda Superb - interior

It's a great buy, then, and should definitely be on your executive car shortlist.

Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate

Our recommended version: 2.0 TDI 150 CR SE

List price: £25,810

Target Price: £25,810

The Skoda Superb is already one of our favourite executive cars, offering comfort and practicality in equal measure.

Skoda Superb Estate - interior

Skoda Superb Estate - interior

This estate version is even more spacious, and offers exceptional value for money. In fact, we think it's the best estate car you can buy at this price.

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