Many modern superminis offer a great blend of compact dimensions and cheap running costs, making them ideal cars for commuters and cost-conscious buyers alike. Read on for our pick of the 10 best currently on sale.
If any of these compact hatchbacks takes your fancy, our car configurator will help you get it for a great price. If you’re not sure which car is right for you, our deals page and car chooser tool can help you pick the perfect new car.
1. Hyundai i20
The smartly styled Hyundai i20 shoots to the top of our list thanks to its impressive standard equipment levels and near-class-leading 320-litre boot space – more than enough for the odd family outing.
The most fuel-efficient engine available is the 1.1-litre diesel that, thanks to stop-start technology, can achieve almost 90mpg. Our pick of the range, however, is the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. It can’t quite match the diesel’s impressive fuel economy figures – 65.7mpg is the most you can expect to achieve – but it’s surprisingly sporty for such a compact unit, and the 99hp version is free to tax.
If you’ve decided this is the perfect supermini for you, use our Hyundai i20 configurator to view the best deals from our network of trusted dealers.
2. Skoda Fabia
Not only does the Skoda Fabia blend a comfortable ride with a spacious interior, but its decent standard equipment levels and cheap running costs make it great value for money, too.
The interior boasts high-quality plastics and a well-organised dashboard but some buyers might be left feeling a little uninspired by its design. Of the two petrol engines available, we’d recommend the larger 1.2-litre unit, and the 80mpg-capable 1.4-litre diesel engine is most suited to those who regularly travel long distances.
If this sounds like your ideal new car, make sure you use our Skoda Fabia configurator to see the best prices from dealers across the country.
3. Mazda 2
If you’re looking for a distinctively styled supermini that’s fun to drive, the Mazda 2 could be your ideal car. Its bold exterior styling is complimented by a well-built cabin – ergonomics are excellent and finding a comfy driving position is easy. While some lower plastics feel a little cheap, most of the surfaces you touch feel premium.
The Mazda 2 might be slightly more expensive than some rivals, but mid-level models come with an impressive array of standard equipment – a DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control are all fitted as standard to SE-L trim.
Our Mazda 2 configurator will help you find your perfect new car for a great price, direct from our network of Mazda dealers.
4. Mini Hatchback
The latest Mini Hatchback combines tried-and-tested retro styling with a selection of frugal three-cylinder engines. Entry-level 100hp petrol models can manage 61.4mpg while the most fuel-efficient unit on offer is a 95hp 1.5-litre diesel that’s capable of returning 83.1mpg.
Although the cheapest Mini receives a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning as standard, a high purchase price prevents it from placing higher in our top 10 list – £14,075 for an entry-level model is significantly more expensive than many rivals.
Watch our Mini hatchback 4K video review for a detailed look at this stylish supermini.
5. Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo brings a slice of sturdy German build quality to the supermini segment. Its simplistic styling is unlikely to set many hearts aflutter, but few can argue with its high quality cabin and impressive equipment levels.
The most fuel efficient engine on offer is a turbocharged, 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol that can return 68.9mpg. Drivers looking for a little more performance can choose the 1.4-litre four-cylinder model in BlueGT trim. This version can accelerate to 62mph from rest in a rapid 7.6 seconds – not far off the Polo GTI’s 6.7-second figure.
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6. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has long been hailed as one of the best superminis to drive on the market. The ST hot hatch might be the quickest model on offer with a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds, but the standard car still impresses with its sophisticated suspension setup that combines superb handling with an comfortable ride and minimal body roll.
The interior might not be as modern as some rivals and top-spec trim levels are quite expensive, but the Fiesta is still a solid supermini with range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. The most frugal option – a 93hp unit – can manage nearly 90mpg.
If this sounds like your ideal supermini, use our Ford Fiesta configurator to get a great deal on a brand new car.
7. Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki’s latest supermini offering is the surprisingly spacious and well-equipped Baleno – a five-door hatchback with room for five adults and 320-litres of luggage. Its slightly unimaginative exterior and drab cabin certainly aren’t class-leading, but all trim levels receive sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity, air-con and electric front windows as standard.
The excellent 1.0-litre petrol engine provides more than enough power to cruise at motorway speeds, although excessive wind noise may make long journeys tiresome. Suzuki offers a 1.2-litre mild hybrid model that’s capable of more than 70mpg – ideal if cheap running costs are your main priority.
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8. Renault Clio
The recently facelifted Renault Clio brings a touch of French style to the supermini segment with its new LED running lights and subtly revised bumpers. Its interior has been refreshed and now boasts all-new upholstery and upgraded plastics to make it feel more upmarket than the old model.
Its range of engines remains unchanged, however, and the most efficient unit is still a 1.5-litre turbo diesel, capable of 88.3mpg. Other options, including a 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, might lose out in terms of ultimate efficiency, but do feel slightly more refined to drive.
If this sounds like the perfect small car for you, use our Renault Clio configurator to view the best deals currently on offer.
9. Kia Rio
The Kia Rio manages to package a spacious interior in an attractive body with a selection of engines that make it reasonably cheap to run. Entry-level models come with a fair amount of standard equipment but, step up to SR7 trim – the one we’d recommend, and the Rio becomes more expensive than some better value rivals.
The Rio received an impressive five-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP testing body – its adult and child occupant protection in particular was highly praised. Like all cars in the Kia range, the Rio comes with a industry-leading seven-year warranty.
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10. Dacia Sandero
The Dacia Sandero supermini is the cheapest new car currently on sale in the UK. It might not have the high-quality cabin of a Volkswagen Polo or the engaging driving experience of a Ford Fiesta, but jump behind the wheel and you’ll find it’s both spacious and comfortable.
Entry-level models come with almost no creature comforts, but mid-level offerings are fitted with electric front windows, Bluetooth connectivity and remote central locking as standard. Top-of-the-range ‘Ambience Prime’ versions with metallic paint, 15-inch alloy wheels, emergency brake assist and fog lights still manage to sneak under the £10,000 mark – an impressive feat indeed.
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