Looking to choose from a range of great small cars? Here our experts bring together a selection of the best – if you’re looking for a small car, one of these will be right for you
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If you’re looking for a new small car then you’ve come to the right place. Here our experts name the top five best small cars you can currently buy.
The Volkswagen Polo isn’t just a great small car – it’s a great car, period. There’s a real sense of quality running through the Polo’s interior and it has space for four adults and a big boot for a small car. The Polo’s an easy car to drive and comes with a brilliant engine range. All these skills won it the Little Legend award at carwow’s 2018 Car of the Year Awards.
The Peugeot 208 is a stylish small car with a fantastic interior and generous levels of equipment. In fact, it's so good, we gave it our 'Little Legend' in the 2019 carwow car of the year awards. It comes with a range of efficient petrol or diesel engines – there's even an electric 208, called the e-208.
The five-door MINI hatchback is instantly recognisable, with iconic exterior design and an interior that is just as cool looking. There are many personalisation options available so you just spec your MINI that's virtually unique to you. It's a hoot to drive as well.
The SEAT Ibiza is one of the roomier small cars currently available, able to carry up to three adults in reasonable comfort. It has a neat, tidy interior and is quite good fun to drive.
The Ford Fiesta is a small car that has room for the family and a couple of suitcases. What sets the Fiesta apart though, is that you can actually enjoy driving it when you get the car to yourself. It’s available with a variety of nippy turbocharged engines that are cheap to run.
The Skoda Fabia is an impressively practical little car. There’s more than enough space in the front for tall drivers to stretch out and there’s still enough room left over in the back for two six-foot-tall passengers to get comfy.
Fancy all the pros of a small car, but also an added upmarket feel? Then you should check out the Audi A1 Sportback. It's a safe, comfy and economical investment, blessed with high-tech infotainment and a high-quality interior.
The exterior styling of the latest Renault Clio might not grab you but step inside and you'll find a surprisingly posh and well-equipped interior. Practicality isn't forgotten either - it has a big boot for a small car – and it's easy to drive too.
There's a lot to like in this small car. The Hyundai i10 comes with good safety equipment, a five-year warranty and is competitively priced when you factor in carwow deals.
This is the place to come if you’re looking for a small car with a cheap price. Here our experts name the top five best small cheap cars you can currently buy.
The Skoda Citigo is a tiny, cheap car that doesn’t ask you to make huge compromises. Its interior feels well built for the price and has room for four adults. The Citigo’s perfect for town driving, but doesn’t feel completely out its depth on the motorway like some small cars.
The Hyundai i10 is cheap but practical. All models come with five doors, there’s space in the back for adults, the boot isn't tiny and all but basic versions have air-conditioning. The i10’s engines are frugal and its long five-year warranty gives you great peace of mind.
The SEAT Ibiza shares its parts with the Volkswagen Polo, but it’s cheaper to buy – making it great value. Its smart interior feels durable and is impressively spacious. The SEAT’s wide range of engines are all cheap to run but the 1.4-litre model is also pretty quick.
Fiat Panda The Fiat Panda proves cheap can be cheerful. Its pert styling has lots of charm and the same is true inside too, although it is quite plasticky. The boot is small, but you can squeeze four adults inside. The Panda is an easy car to drive and its small engines are easy on fuel.
The Dacia Sandero isn’t exactly high-tech, but if you’re looking for cheap small car – look no further. The Sandero is the cheapest car on sale, yet it’s bigger and has more space inside than all the other cars here. It’s not quiet or comfortable to drive, but it will be cheap to run.
Looking for a small car that’s great for the family? Then keep reading – here our experts have named the best small family cars you can buy.
While it is a small car, the Volkswagen Polo has enough passenger and boot space to leave you asking the question – do I really need anything bigger? On top of that, it feels very well built, is easy to drive and has a range of engines that’ll suit a variety of needs. That’s why it won the Little Legend award at carwow’s 2018 Car of the Year Awards.
The SEAT Ibiza is a small car that still manages to be spacious and have a big boot. It has cool styling and is comfortable too.
The Skoda Fabia is a small but practical small car that’s available with a selection of efficient engines and loads of clever interior features to make it easy to live with. There’s more than enough space in the front while there is still room for even lanky teenagers in the back.
The Mazda 2 is a stylish small car with space for four adults and a boot that’s big enough for a couple of suitcases – if not particularly well designed. The Mazda comes with a decent list of standard equipment and is fun to drive, but its cheap-to-run engines lack punch.
Looking for a small car with a grippy four-wheel drive system? Then look no further – here our experts have named the best small 4x4 cars you can buy.
The Fiat Panda 4x4 might look cutesy, but don’t be fooled – its off-road tyres, 4x4 system and raised ride height mean this is one tough cookie off-road or in treacherous conditions. It’s still a Panda, though, so it has space for four and is cheap to buy and run.
The Ssangyong Tivoli is Ssangyong's best looking car to date. It's spacious for its size and has generous levels of equipment. It can come with four-wheel drive as an option - but it it a good system, being able to send the grip to the wheel that needs it most.
The Mazda CX3 is great to drive for a small SUV and it looks and feels nice inside. It’s reasonably spacious with a big boot, but the small rear windows make it a bit gloomy in the back. The CX3 can be had with four-wheel drive that makes it a grippy little car in winter.
The Suzuki Ignis has the chunky styling of a full-sized Tonka toy. Inside, it’s basic, but roomy for this size of car, and the back seat slides back and reclines. The Ignis is cheap to run and the Allgrip 4x4 model is ideal if you live somewhere where the roads are often slippery.
You should only consider the Suzuki Jimny if you regularly drive off-road – it’ll tackle terrain that will break other so-called ‘off roaders’ thanks to its 4x4 system and low-range gearbox. That said, you’ll have to put up with its poor on-road driving and its basic, cramped interior.