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The 10 most stylish small cars you can buy

Space, economy and price all play a part when you’re choosing your next car, but for some, stylish looks are the top priority. There are loads of good looking cars on the market so we’ve put together a list of some of the best.

Whether you’re after good looks or not, our car configurator can help you save money on your next new car – carwow will find you the best offers from the UK’s leading dealers.

Vauxhall Adam

This premium supermini will get you stylish looks for only a reasonable sum of money. Costing from £11,860, the Vauxhall Adam offers room for four people and a number of decent petrol engines. The 1.0-litre turbo is the pick of the range giving punchy performance around town and decent economy at the pumps.

If you want to add more individuality to the already quirky looks, you’re able to personalise it inside and out to truly make it your own car. Aside from the standard black, you can choose to have your dashboard in any conceivable colour if you so wish.

Use our Vauxhall Adam configurator to find the best deals straight from Vauxhall’s dealer network.

Citroen DS3

The Citroen DS3 has curvacious looks and aims to take on Germany’s premium superminis including the Audi A1. There’s a classy feel inside, although critics say it can’t quite match the German alternatives in terms of build quality.

That said, it’s still one of the coolest small cars around and has an air of Parisian chic about it. Its unique signature LED lights mark it out and, just like the Adam, there are tonnes of customisable options available – you can change the roof and trim colour, along with a host of interior fittings.

Use our Citroen DS3 configurator to see savings – carwow has saved people an average of £1,900 off their new DS3.

Alfa Romeo MiTo

The Alfa Romeo MiTo not only offers individual looks – you’ll also get a bit of extra exclusivity because it isn’t as popular as others on this list. This isn’t down to it not being as capable – the interior is well-screwed together and it’ll give you a sense of occasion that only an Alfa Romeo can offer.

There’s a decent range of engines on offer too, so you’re bound to find one that suits you. All offer good economy but, for those wanting a little power, the best would be 168hp Cloverleaf model – it has true hot-hatch performance.

Let our Alfa Romeo MiTo configurator find you the best savings on offer, direct from the best Alfa Romeo dealerships across the country.

Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo is one of the most innovative cars on this list. Its unconventional rear-engined setup means you get a surprisingly large interior. Looks-wise, it has a desirable appearance, achieved by the short, stocky body.

The rear-mounted engine means the steering can turn farther than most rivals, resulting in a tiny turning circle of just 8.6 metres. If you live in a built up area, it’s the ideal tool for the job.

Our Renault Twingo configurator will help you save money – you’ll receive the best offers direct from the best Renault dealers.

Fiat 500

For ultimate retro-appeal, the Fiat 500 springs immediately to mind. A recent facelift means it’s just as fashionable as ever but, despite the makeover, it hasn’t lost its retro charm.

The cute looks aren’t its only strong point – its twin-air turbocharged engines are just as great on the open road as they are in the city. The interior’s been changed too, and now features a great infotainment system.

If you think this is the car for you, our Fiat 500 configurator will help you get the best possible deal.

Peugeot 108

The Peugeot 108 offers cheeky looks in the smallest possible package. It shares lots of components with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, but somehow has a more stylish look. There are some great colours to choose from and the simple yet smart interior offers a fantastic and simple infotainment system.

There are two petrol engines on offer and both offer nippy acceleration and frugal running costs. If you stray out of the city often, you’ll be better off opting for the larger 1.2-litre to cope with those busy motorways.

Find the best savings around with our Peugeot 108 configurator – you’ll receive offers from the UK’s leading Peugeot dealers.

Audi A1

As you’d expect, the supermini-sized Audi A1 manages to be as classy as the company’s larger models. It doesn’t offer some of the funky looks that others on this list do, but it’s just as stylish in its own, restrained way.

From the front, there’s no doubting it’s an Audi and that’s no bad thing – its premium badge means it’ll hold its value better than most. It’ll cost more in the first place though – you’ll have to stump up around £14,500 for a basic model, with prices rising to over £23,000 for the top-spec version.

Use our Audi A1 configurator to get the best deals, straight from the UK’s leading Audi dealers.

Mercedes A-Class

The Mercedes A-Class is a slick hatchback offering fine looks and a desirable badge. If styling is your number one priority, this car is near the top of the class. As soon as you lay eyes on it, you get the feeling that it’s a premium car – it looks fantastic from all angles.

The interior is trendy too, with the smart styling continuing inside. Critics say, as a hatchback, it isn’t the best – there isn’t a lot of rear passenger room and boot space can’t quite match the Audi A3. With the A-Class, you certainly get more style than practicality.

If this upscale hatchback is what you want, our Mercedes A-Class configurator will help save you money.

Citroen C4 Cactus

The only crossover on this list, the Citroen C4 Cactus is without doubt a talking point – you’ll either love or hate its unorthodox appearance. No other small SUV shares its snazzy looks nor its “airbumps” which aren’t just for show – they help protect the paint which, as you’d expect, is available in some pretty loud colours.

The interior is just as cutting-edge – you’ll find leather straps where the door handles should be and a glove-box lid that looks like it belongs in a fashion boutique. Combined with big comfy seats, this is a very relaxing car to drive.

Use our Citroen C4 Cactus configurator tool to receive savings from the best Citroen dealers.

Mazda MX-5

The latest Mazda MX-5 has the looks to match its performance. From front and back, the razor sharp lines and the slanted head- and taillights give it a serious appearance, despite its dainty size.

The small size means it’s a nimble little thing – some hot hatches may be quicker but, with the top down on a twisty backroad, you’ll revel in its balanced handling. The interior also oozes style, even if it is a simple and driver-orientated environment.

Our Mazda MX-5 configurator will find you the best savings around, straight from the UK’s best Mazda dealers.

Save money on your next stylish car

Put any of these cars in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. To see more options, head over to our deals page or our car chooser.

Renault Twingo

Clever design makes it nimble and spacious
£10,755 - £13,460
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Citroen C4 Cactus (2014-2017)

A comfortable and quirky small crossover
£13,640 - £21,265
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Mazda MX-5

Small convertible sports car that's big fun to drive
£19,495 - £26,095
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