City cars are perfectly suited to driving in Britain. Their small dimensions make parking a doddle, while clever design means the best are surprisingly practical. They’re also good fun to drive thanks to tight turning circles and peppy petrol engines.
Here are the 10 best city cars on sale:
- Skoda Citigo
- Hyundai i10
- VW Up
- Toyota Aygo
- SEAT Mii
- Citroen C1
- Fiat 500
- Peugeot 108
- Renault Twingo
- Kia Picanto
1. Skoda Citigo
The Skoda Citigo is a brilliant little city car, offering great value for money and strong practicality in a tiny package. It feels well built, is fun to chuck around city streets and undercuts many rivals on price. There’s also a surprising amount of space – it’ll seat four adults comfortably and features a 251-litre boot.
2. Hyundai i10
The Hyundai i10 is another car that surprises on the space front. It’ll seat four adults comfortably or five at a push, comes only in five-door form and offers a 252-litre boot. The Hyundai excels on the road too with big-car comfort and refinement. It’s also the best choice for automatic drivers thanks to its smooth traditional torque converter unit in place of some rivals’ jerky automated manuals. Hyundai’s five-year warranty is a reassuring bonus, too.
3. VW Up
The VW Up features all the positives of its sister car, the Citigo, including its spacious interior and fun driving experience but wraps it in a more upmarket, pricier package. Its cabin features a few nicer touches than the Skoda while a high-spec turbocharged 90hp model offers even more performance to go with the great handling.
4. Toyota Aygo
If you want a city car with attention-grabbing looks, the Toyota Aygo is probably the one for you. Its striking design helps it stand out from the crowd and suits the Aygo’s enjoyable handling. It’s cabin is well built although isn’t quite as spacious as the Citigo or the i10.
5. SEAT Mii
The SEAT Mii is the third and final car in the VW Group trio alongside the Up and Citigo. The Mii offers the same strong practicality, fun driving experience and good build quality but mates it with sportier looks. The latest range of Miis haven’t offered the same entry-level trims as the Citigo so cost a little more to buy in exchange for more standard equipment.
6. Citroen C1
The Citroen C1 is a funky looking city car with low prices that match its low running costs. Sharing a platform with the Aygo, it offers very similar levels of space and build quality along with much the same driving experience. A convertible C1 Airscape adds the fun of open-air driving into the mix and, because it keeps the roof rails, it’s still a more practical five-door model.
7. Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is more expensive than most cars on this list but offers a unique character and plenty of customisability to make it your own. Its qualities aren’t just skin deep, however, with a stylish, well-made interior, easy handling and peppy engines. It misses out on the space or refinement offered by the best here and its 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo engine is fun to use but struggles to return the fuel efficiency it claims.
8. Peugeot 108
Based on the same underpinnings as the C1 and Aygo, the Peugeot 108 is fun to drive, cheap to run and well built. It shares the same positives and negatives as the other two while mating it with slightly more grown-up looks. The 108 TOP convertible is a great way to bring more sunshine into the cabin, too.
9. Renault Twingo
The Renault Twingo definitely stands out from the crowd with funky looks and lots of customisability. There’s a stylish dashboard and just enough room for four adults. It has an exceptionally tight turning circle thanks to its unusual rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout – this give the car pleasant handling but does compromise boot space a little.
10. Kia Picanto
The Kia Picanto is a stylish little city car with good build quality and an excellent seven-year warranty. It’s cheap to run and easy to drive too, if not as fun as the best on this list. Inside, quality and passenger room are dencent but the boot is on the small size. Dealers should offer good discounts because a new Kia Picanto has recently been revealed.
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