We’re big fans of the Hyundai i10 at carwow. The spacious cabin makes it a practical city car, and while the smooth ride allows it to soak up the most patchy urban roads, it hasn’t come at the expense of a little fun for the driver.
This end of the market is a fiercely contested one, however. If for any reason you think that the i10 might not be for you, be sure to take a look at these alternatives. Alternatively, put the Hyundai i10 in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get.
If style and value for money are priorities, the Citroen C1 might be worth considering over the i10. The Citroen’s price starts at £200 less than the Hyundai, despite offering slightly superior performance and fuel economy claimed to be 8.8mpg more efficient. It isn’t quite as spacious inside, but the wealth of customisation options endows the C1 with a more youthful image. It’s even available with a retractable canvas roof.
If you’d like the C1’s qualities with a subtly different style, take a look at the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo – the trio were developed alongside each other, and though each are different cosmetically, they’re almost identical under the skin.
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The Fiat 500 has become a massive success in the city car class since its release, thanks to its cute retro style which nothing else in the class can match.
You can buy one for less than £10,000, and when equipped with the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol it returns 74.3pg in official tests. The boot may be a little cramped – there’s only 180 litres of space – but nothing else in the class can compete with its appeal.
One engine is available to buyers – a 1.3-litre petrol – which is nippy enough for town driving, while stop/start technology boosts the fuel economy in heavy traffic. The steering, the gearshift and the clutch pedal are all very light, which makes it very easy to drive around town.
Inside, the interior is one of the best-built in the class, and everything is laid out logically yet stylishly. Prices start at around £8,300 – a couple of hundred pounds less than the Hyundai.
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Like the C1/108/Aygo triplets, the Skoda Citigo shares much with two other cars – the SEAT Mii and Volkswagen Up are mechanically very similar. Whichever of the three you choose, you’re buying what are widely accepted to be the best city cars on sale.
Fun to drive, cheap to run, and built to a standard previously unheard of at the budget end of the market, the Citigo Is a very hard car to fault. All but the top spec models fall into Group 1 insurance, so it shouldn’t cost the earth to run, either.
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