High performance isn’t for everyone – short journeys and town driving mean few buyers actually need a high-powered engine. The ever-increasing traffic in the UK also restricts a car’s performance, so what’s the point in paying for it if you can’t use it?
Newer drivers are also best opting for a slower car – the decrease in power brings a decrease in risk. So, for parents buying their children their first car, this’ll help reassure them there won’t be any speeding tickets through the post.
Here’s a list of what we think are the best slow cars on offer. They might not be the swiftest of vehicles, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t practical, safe or stylish. Remember to use our car configurator to get the best deals from the best UK dealers.
With a 1.2-litre petrol engine fitted, the Fiat Panda isn’t what you’d call fast – 0-62mph takes 14.2 seconds and its top speed is 102mph. This doesn’t detract its cute looks and funky interior. It’s practical too – its height means four adults can be seated comfortably. Costing less than £10,000, it’s great value as well.
Use our Fiat Panda configurator to see how much you could save.
Suzuki’s Celerio makes a great city car – its 1.0-litre petrol produces 67hp and, although it’ll top out at 96mph, around town it provides punchy performance that’ll be more than happy to keep up with the rest of the traffic. It also produces less than 100g/kg of CO2, so you’ll have the added benefit of free road tax until 2017.
To see how much you could save on a new one, use our Suzuki Celerio configurator to get the best deals.
The Citigo is Skoda’s version of the Volkswagen Up and the Seat Mii. Its 59hp petrol engine results in a 0-60mph time of 14.8 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. Available in either three- or five-door form, it’s a practical city car, although boot space is smaller than some on this list. The Greentech engine also means that 68mpg is easily achievable.
For the best deals, use our Skoda Citigo configurator.
The C1 is a popular choice for a first car – it looks great and comes with healthy standard specification. Priced from £8.345, it’ll get to 60mph from rest in 13.8 seconds. That isn’t fast by any means, but faster than some – a good thing if you do occasionally do motorway journeys. If you want a bit of sunshine, there’s even a convertible model.
Use our Citroen C1 configurator to see how much carwow can save you off a new one.
The Hyundai i10 gets a 1.0-litre petrol engine that takes it from 0-60mph in 14.8 seconds and eventually on to 96mph. Despite its lack of speed, that doesn’t mean it isn’t pleasant to drive – critics have praised the small car’s comfort and refinement. There’s also a huge amount of room on offer considering its size, and Hyundai’s five-year warranty make it a practical choice.
Our Hyundai i10 configurator will get you the best deals direct from leading Hyundai dealers.
Priced from £5,995, the Dacia Sandero gets the accolade of being the cheapest new car on the market. The 1.2-litre petrol version takes 14 seconds to get from 0-60mph and can achieve 97mph flat out. It’s bigger than most cars on this list so, if you need something spacious but want to keep the performance figures and frugality of a city car, the Sandero could be for you.
See how much you could save with our Dacia Sandero configurator.
The Kia Picanto is another popular choice among young drivers. Cheap to run and buy, its cheeky looks and seven-year warranty make it attractive to buyers. With a top speed of 95mph and a 0-62mph time of 13.9 seconds, it’ll also make an easy drive for inexperienced drivers – not enough power to cause problems, but more than enough for pootling around town.
Use our Kia Picanto configurator to get the best prices from the best Kia dealers.
When it comes to looks, the Toyota Aygo doesn’t look like it’s a slow car – aggressive and angled looks give it a more menacing appearance than many of its rivals. Things aren’t as mean under the bonnet though – 0-60mph takes 13.7 seconds. This shows in the running costs though, with no road tax to pay until 2017, and 68mpg achievable.
Our Toyota Aygo configurator will help you save money on the £11,495 list-price.
The Ka is the smallest car in Ford’s range, and so are its performance figures – 0-60mph takes 13 seconds and it’ll manage 99mph. Interior space is excellent and it’ll prove more fun to drive than some of its rivals. It won’t be as cheap to run as some though – 57mpg is respectable but not as admirable as others on this list. Its road tax band is also higher than others in its class.
Our Ford Ka configurator will help you find the best deals.
If you’re after genuine snails-pace performance, the £6,895 Renault Twizy takes the prize. This all-electric buggy is fitted with a motor that produces 17hp and has a top speed of just 50mph so its natural habitat is the city. With a range of 50 miles and with windows being an optional extra, straying too far from home isn’t really an option.
Use our Renault Twizy configurator to get the best deals.
If you think any of the above cars are for you, read more about them in our reviews section. Our car configurator will get you the best prices from the best dealers or, if you’re struggling to decide which one is for you, our car chooser will help narrow down your options.