The supermini, or city car, category is full of practical, fuel efficient small cars. They are ideal for nipping around tight city streets and diving into tiny parking spaces. They’re practical, with enough room to squeeze in a few passengers and the shopping. They’ll sip petrol and diesel gently while you sit in traffic and lurch your way through rush hour. Granted, they don’t fare so well out on the motorway, but that’s not what they’re designed for. Instead, they’re cheap to buy, cheap to run and great for errands. But, which are the very best? Well the top of the range manage to squeeze comfort, technology and an element of fun into their design. Without further ado, let’s count down the five best.
- Ford Fiesta – Without doubt, the Fiesta is one of the best small cars on the road today. In fact, it’s Britain’s best selling car, and has been for nearly a decade. The expert dealers at Lifestyle Ford tell us it’s consistently the go-to car for city dwellers. It’s actually bigger than most of the cars on this list, but still handles the city streets with ease. Best of all, it won’t feel out of its depth on the motorway either. The car is exciting, practical and economic. It’s the perfect all-rounder.
- Hyundai i10 – This little South Korean car is probably the best of the super small cars. It returns a staggering 65mpg, even in a city environment. So, when you’re stuck in traffic you won’t have to worry about fuel economy. It looks sharp and it’s fun to drive too. You won’t even compromise on boot space which is the best in class here. We don’t know where it squeezes it all in, but we’re not complaining!
- Skoda Citigo – In the last five years, Skoda have produced some of the finest budget cars on the market. The Octavia, for example, stands squarely side by side with the Audi and BMW saloons. In the smaller categories, the Citigo is an exceptional little model. There is a Greentech engine available that will squeeze over 70mpg from the engine. It makes the Citigo the most efficient care on the list.
- Volkswagen Golf – If you’re looking to spend a little more money, take the Golf out for a spin. It has a fantastic legacy of practical, reliable and fun motoring. Much like the Fiesta, it’s a little bigger than the superminis, but you get what you pay for. Here you’ll find a bigger engine and a car that will hold its own on the motorway. If you’ve got a small family in tow, you might be better off with this larger choice.
- Seat Mii – The Seat Mii shares a lot of its components and design with the Skoda Citigo. As a result, they’re fairly similar under the bonnet. In terms of style, the Mii is a touch more modern looking.
And so we come to the end of our short list. Any one of these fine motors will handle the city roads with grace and style. Which is your favourite?