Superminis are a great choice of car for those who spend most of their time nipping through tight city streets. These small cars are impressively economical, surprisingly practical and agile on the move with more than enough style to turn heads.
Here are the 10 best superminis on the market:
- Skoda Fabia
- Ford Fiesta
- VW Polo
- Mazda 2
- Mini Hatchback
- Fiat 500
- Kia Rio
- Renault Clio
- Hyundai i20
- Dacia Sandero
1. Skoda Fabia
The Skoda Fabia is a great all rounder. It’s comfortable, has loads of standard equipment including Bluetooth and DAB digital radio as standard, along with low running costs from its great VW-group engines. The well-built interior is spacious and there’s a 330-litre boot to fill, while the driving experience is refined and comfortable.
2. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is another small car that ticks plenty of boxes, featuring smart looks and a well-built cabin. Its stand-out best feature, however, is its sensational handling, complimented by the peppy-yet-efficient range of engines. The cabin design is quite tired now though, with a confusing button-heavy layout but that’s set to be fixed with the recently revealed Fiesta replacement.
3. VW Polo
The VW Polo has one of the best quality cabins in its class with a general sense of refinement and sturdiness. There’s plenty of room for four inside while the boot is a useful square shape. Its looks aren’t the most striking but the Polo is understated with the same classless image as the larger Golf. The 1.0-litre peppy petrol is the most efficient, returning 68.9mpg.
4. Mazda 2
If you want a supermini with striking styling and great handling the Mazda 2 is an obvious choice. Interior space is strong, the cabin feels well-built and it’s easy to get comfortable in. You pay a bit of a premium but that’s reflected in the comparatively high levels of standard equipment. It’s incredibly fun to drive with sharp handling that rivals the Fiesta’s composure.
5. Mini Hatchback
The Mini Hatchback mixes quirky retro looks and great build and material quality with low running costs, a good range of efficient engines and a sporty driving experience. It’s one of the pricier cars on this list to purchase, but you do get DAB digital radio and Bluetooth as standard. You have to compromise slightly in terms of interior space but the Mini offers much more desirability than many rival models.
6. Fiat 500
Here’s another supermini with character and flair – the Fiat 500 features buckets of Italian charm, with cute looks both inside and out. The cabin is a little cramped but features good build quality and a design that harks back to its 1950s forebear. It’s heavily customisable with a good range of efficient engines to choose from, letting you make the 500 your own.
7. Kia Rio
The Kia Rio isn’t the most exciting supermini on sale, but what it misses out in charm it makes up for in practicality and value for money. Equipment levels are generous, there’s lots of space, a 325-litre boot and a well-built interior. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol is the highlight of the engine range and all models come with Kia’s unrivalled seven-year warranty.
8. Renault Clio
For a touch of French style and charm, the Renault Clio is a great option. The refreshed interior feels more upmarket than before and matches the smart exterior. It’s not quite as roomy for passengers as rivals but there’s a generous 300-litre boot. The engine range is full of efficient yet punchy choices – our favourite being the responsive 88mpg 1.5-litre diesel.
9. Hyundai i20
The Hyundai i20 is a stylish little car, offering plenty of passenger space and a surprisingly spacious 320-litre boot. There’s loads of standard equipment – even basic cars get electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. A wide range of efficient engines and composed handling make the i20 a real rival to the VW Polo.
10. Dacia Sandero
The Dacia Sandero may be the cheapest car on sale in the UK, but that doesn’t mean it feels bargain basement. There’s impressive interior room and an easy, unstressed driving experience. It can’t match the refinement and material quality of more expensive cars but the Sandero makes a very competent financial case for itself.
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