We looked at the prices of these 10 cheap cars in 2010 and what they cost now, in order to determine how much more expensive they have become in the last decade.
13 years go a long way. Especially in a period of just over a decade in which we have lived through a 27.7% increase in the CPI, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE). The increase in costs in all consumer products and services has also affected the automobile market, as you will be able to verify in this report.
To carry out this brief comparative study we have chosen 10 cars that in 2010 were considered cheapthat is, cheap vehicles that many families bought new for around 10,000 euros, and we compare what they cost then with what they cost today, 13 years later. The results will undoubtedly surprise you.
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Sport Analysis of what these 10 cheap cars cost in 2010 and what they cost now
We start with the Renault Twingo. The second generation of the urban of the diamond firm was sold new in 2010 with a starting price of 8.650 euros. For that sum you accessed a model with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine and 75 HP of power.
Today, the Twingo is an electric car that has tripled its price. It has 83 CV of power and approves 190 kilometers of autonomy. Its current price is 24.463 eurosor what is the same, it has become more expensive 182,8% compared to what it cost 13 years ago.
The Fiat 500 is another of the cheap cars that you could buy in 2010. So, the starting price of the Italian urbanite was 10.750 eurossum for which you took a hardtop version with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine and 69 HP of power.
Today, still based on that generation that sold 13 years ago, the 500 is on sale for 16.500 euros. It is equipped with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder Mild Hybrid engine with 70 CV and DGT ECO label. Despite being the same car (with several major updates), the 500 is now a 53,4% more expensive than in 2010.
The fourth generation of the Seat Ibiza had barely been active for two years in 2010. In fact, its successor, which is the model that you can currently buy, would not arrive until 2017. Then, the starting price was 11.170 eurosan amount for which you could already buy an Ibiza with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and 60 CV.
The new generation is of course more expensive. It is for sale from 14.450 euros, amount for which you get the 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine and 80 HP of power. The price increase in the last 13 years has been 29,3% in the case of Ibiza.
The same does not happen with his brother from another mother, the Skoda Fabia. In 2010, the second generation of the access model of the Czech brand was on sale from 8.590 euros with the same three-cylinder engine, 1.2 liters and 60 HP of power.
In 2023, the price of the Skoda Fabia, which has recently released its fourth generation, has risen to reach 20.185 euros. In this case, the engine is the same as the Ibiza, the 1.0 MPI with 80 hp. The increase in the price of the Fabia has been 134,9% in the last 13 years.
In the case of the Opel Corsa, something similar to the Fabia happens. 13 years ago, you could buy a Corsa with a 65PS 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine for 10.245 euros. Today, that price is substantially higher.
And it is that the new generation, which has already been developed under the umbrella of Stellantis, has a starting price of 20.100 euros in its most basic version, that is, the Corsa Edition with a three-cylinder, 1.2-liter engine and 75 HP of power. Taking it to percentages, the Corsa is now a 96,2% more expensive than before.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Aygo is facing an even bigger change than a price increase. And it is that the Japanese urbanite has become a crossover of segment A. The model that was sold in 2010 did so for 7.500 euros with the 1.0 VVT-i engine with three cylinders and natural aspiration with 68 CV of power.
Now it is not much more powerful than before. The Toyota Aygo X Cross, which is what the model is now called, is equipped with a 1.0 three-cylinder gasoline engine with 72 HP of power. However, it now has a starting price of 14.800 eurosthat is, a 97,3% more than it cost 13 years ago.
Let’s go now with the example of the Renault Clio. The French utility was sold in its third generation in 2010 with a starting price of 10.400 euros. You bought it with a five-door body and a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 75 HP of power.
In 2023, you can buy it for 16.229 euros in what is already its fifth generation. The model is associated with a modest 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 65 HP of power. Although it loses displacement and horsepower, the Clio is now a 56% more expensive than it was then.
In 2010, the first generation of the Dacia Duster had done nothing more than appear on the market. The Romanian SUV had not yet become the successful best seller that it is today and you could buy it as the cheapest SUV in its segment, from 11.400 euros. It was equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with 105 horsepower.
Currently, the starting price of the new generation Dacia Duster is 18.948 euros. In this case, it corresponds to the entry-level version together with the 1.0 TCe three-cylinder gasoline engine with 100 hp powered by LPG, for which it obtains the DGT ECO label. However, the Duster has become a bit more expensive. 66,2% from 2010.
We are now talking about the second generation Citroën C3, which hit the market precisely in 2010. So, you could buy it for 9.800 euros In its entry-level version, which was equipped with a 1.1-liter, four-cylinder, 60-hp gasoline engine.
In 2023, the starting price of the C3 is 17.765 euros. This rate corresponds to the level of access to the range together with the 1.2-liter three-cylinder PureTech gasoline engine with 83 CV of power. The increase in the price of the French utility has been of 81,2% in the last 13 years.
The tenth cheap car that we analyze in this list is the Ford Fiesta. In 2010, the fourth generation was on sale in Spain from 9.690 eurosin its entry-level version together with the 1.25-liter four-cylinder engine that offered 60 HP of power.
Now the cheapest Ford Fiesta you can buy is on sale from 24.677 euros, in the Active version with the 125 HP three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost engine with Mild Hybrid technology and ECO label. The Fiesta, which is on the eve of disappearing forever (at least in the form in which we knew it until now) has increased in price up to a 154,6% since the year 2010.