‘City car’ can be a misleading term for cars in this class. It stems directly from their compact dimensions, which give them agile, nippy handling and the ability to make the most of tiny urban parking spaces. However, it doesn’t have to mean they’re not capable beyond city limits.
The smallest cars on the market are becoming increasingly able on the open road, and city-car status doesn’t rule out using them for weekends away. The lengthy lists of creature comforts boasted by certain models means they’re easier to live with, while a surprising degree of practicality means some can do a lot more than just nip to the local supermarket.
Our 10 best each have their particular strong suits, and each offers a useful, fuss-free transport solution with a keen eye on low running costs.
Hyundai i10 hatchback
As family companions go, the Hyundai i10 is hard to beat, making sound financial sense while also being a very good little car. You can buy it for less than £10,000, it sips fuel (managing over 65mpg), costs very little to tax and insure and is covered by a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. It’s also comfortable and spacious, with five seatbelts – some cars in this class only offer seating for four. The boot is among the best of any city car, and the i10 looks stylish both inside and out. It’s even quite good fun to drive. It won our car of the year award in 2014, and we’re still impressed by it today, so the Hyundai 10 sits proudly as our number-one city car.
Skoda Citigo hatchback
There are two groups of cars in our list that are closely related to each other. The Skoda Citigo belongs the the first of these, being all but identical to the SEAT Mii and Volkswagen up!, so you can choose whichever badge you prefer. For us, the Skoda gets the nod as it’s slightly cheaper than the others, while losing nothing in practicality, comfort or style. We rather like the boxy, functional shape, which translates well to interior space and versatility. Some models can manage 68mpg, too, and CO2 emissions are so low that none costs more than £20 a year to tax. The more powerful of the two versions of the 1.0-litre engine feels quite at home on the motorway, as well as a natural fit in town.
SEAT Mii hatchback
Much of the above also applies to the SEAT Mii, but this second member of the VW Group city car trio trades the earnest, reliable image of the Skoda for a slightly sportier demeanor. Different styling doesn’t mean any of the Citgo’s virtues are lost, though. Build quality is still very good and the square-bodied practicality is unaffected. As with all three, a 59 or 74bhp 1.0-litre engine can be chosen, while the Ecomotive model returns almost 69mpg with free road tax thanks to 95g/km CO2 emissions. It should be noted that the Mii, Citigo and up! Are four-seaters only, but there’s a dizzying array of stylish trim levels to choose from, so there’s bound to be a model that appeals to your taste as well as your wallet.
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