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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 Skoda Citigo might be cheap but it doesn’t feel it. It’s a very small car, but you can just about squeeze four adults and a few bags of shopping inside. The Citigo’s tiny size makes it perfect for squirting through the city and it has a range of engines that cost buttons to run.
The Volkswagen Up GTI is cheap but very cheerful. Its tiny size makes it perfect for driving in town, but it’s also fun on country roads and quick on the motorway. The interior’s sporty touches can’t help but put a smile on your face and there’s room in there for four adults.
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 Mini 3-door is not cheap, but then it does feel a cut above all other small cars and its huge range of options makes it very personalisable. The Mini has a good selection of engines and is fun to drive, but its cramped back seat and small boot mean it’s far from practical.
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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.
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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 Hyundai i10 is small, but there’s just enough space for four and its rear doors are handy if you often fit a child seat, although the boot is small. It’s cheap to run, perfect in town, okay on the motorway and its five-year warranty guarantees you years of hassle-free service.
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.
The Nissan Micra’s stylish looking, but its low roofline leaves adults short of rear headroom. There’s plenty of space up front, however, and the interior feels well built. It’s easy to drive in town, but what’s more impressive is how comfortable it is on the motorway for a small car.
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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 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.
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 Jeep Renegade is a small, tough 4x4 with genuine off-road ability – although, sadly, it’s not great to drive on road. Its retro styling has plenty of cues to the WW2 Willys Jeep and inside the Renegade has space for four adults and a couple of suitcases.
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.