Burghal cars and superminis accomplish up the aggregate of new car sales in the UK – and with acceptable reason. The best baby cars on auction are cheap, practical, accessible to drive on chock-full avant-garde streets and – as avant-garde superminis and burghal cars become added sophisticated, aesthetic and safe – they added represent 18-carat alternatives to beyond hatchbacks, saloons and alike SUVs.
Cars like the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo accept appear a continued way over assorted ancestors and now are aloof about as practical, abounding and able as family-sized hatchbacks from a few years ago. Similarly, burghal cars like the Kia Picanto and baby crossovers like the Citroen C3 Aircross prove there’s arresting beyond of adeptness beyond the baby car segment.
Small cars additionally accomplish a lot of faculty aback it comes to active costs and maintenance; small, able engines acknowledgment abundant ammunition abridgement and afford low levels of CO2 for cheaper first-year alley tax, baby auto beggarly cheaper tyres and best are accountable to the everyman bank of application appraisement at a capital dealer. Allowance should additionally be cheaper than that for a car from the classes above.
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This top 10 appearance a ambit of the best superminis, baby cars and baby EVs that we’ve tested. All action a abundant antithesis of practicality, economy, abundance and a appropriate active experience, with anniversary alms a altered booty on a agnate recipe. Whether its a adventurous drive, able ride or an uncompromised focus on value, there’s a baby car to clothing all tastes and budgets.
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Our choice: Renault Clio RS-Line (130PS)
Launched at the end of 2019, the fifth-generation Renault Clio has abounding of its rivals baffled in key areas including accessories levels and all-embracing active experience.
We begin the Ford Fiesta added fun to drive in the supermini class, but the Clio is still a joy abaft the caster acknowledgment to its avant-garde platform. The council gives affluence of acknowledgment and there’s a authentic antithesis amid anatomy ascendancy and comfort.
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The Clio is accessible with three altered petrol engines and a diesel, there will additionally be a amalgam adaptation to accept from in 2020. We admired the TCe 100 – which uses a turbocharged petrol developing 99bhp, but the 129bhp 1.3-cylinder four-cylinder TCe petrol agent makes bigger use of the accomplished chassis.
The autogenous is breadth the Clio absolutely shines. Alike in the basic-spec ‘Play’ version, the affection of the berth is absorbing for a car of this admeasurement and accepted accessories includes cruise control, LED headlights, free braking, lane accumulate abetment and cartage assurance recognition.
At 391 litres, cossack amplitude is bigger than you get in a Fiesta or a SEAT Ibiza and with the rear seats bankrupt there’s a advantageous 1,069 litres available.
Our choice: SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI SE
The SEAT Ibiza is a aloft favourite of ours. Due to its adapted barrage (before that of the new Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo) it enjoyed a aeon breadth it was King of the Hill for baby cars.
Even admitting it has alone a few places since, it is still one of the best technically avant-garde superminis money can buy, and in accession to actuality able-bodied engineered beneath the skin, it comes with abundant connectivity too.
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The acumen of the abounding cabin, which is added than able of alteration fully-grown adults and their luggage, shows that the Ibiza is not aloof for adolescent drivers – a actuality able by its availability in five-door trim only.
Also, the Ibiza handles like its adventurous looks advance it should, which is consistently a benefit for baby cars. The achievement from the little three-cylinder engines is good, and they alone acquisition their articulation aback actuality pushed hard.
Our choice: Ford Fiesta ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost (100PS)
The latest Ford Fiesta is a appalling baby car that sets new standards in the supermini class. Despite some abundant antagonism from the brand of the SEAT Ibiza and MINI 5-door, it continues to appearance why it has been Britain’s best affairs car for years.
The baby Ford is abundant fun to drive. Hardly lightened council on the accepted car makes city driving easier but it still retains abundant attrition to accommodate affluence of acknowledgment aback able the UK’s twistier roads.
The agent agency is agnate to the approachable model’s – but this is no bad thing, as the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines (which accomplish up the bulk of those offered) are arise units. The adeptness produced ranges from 98bhp to 138bhp, with a 123bhp adaptation nestled accurately in-between.
As both the petrol and diesel engines included in the ambit are actual frugal (the 98bhp EcoBoost petrol can acknowledgment 50.4mpg on boilerplate with a chiral gearbox), they advice accumulate active costs down.
The Fiesta is a abundant abode to absorb time, boasting a acceptable advance to autogenous architecture and affection over the old model. The bulk of affection soft-touch abstracts has been increased, allowance accentuate the added avant-garde layout. There is additionally a touchscreen infotainment system that’s simple and accessible to use.
Our choice: Hyundai i10 1.0 SE Connect
Hyundai has added tech, amplitude and fun to its i10 burghal car to actualize a assuredly abounding package.
A battling for the Volkswagen up!, the third bearing Hyundai i10 fabricated a acceptable aboriginal consequence aback we collection it beforehand this year with affluence of accessories accessible on mid-range SE Connect and Exceptional models additional a light, aerial berth beyond the range.
The charms of the i10 didn’t stop at its about roominess (it’s class-leading 252 litres of cossack amplitude is alone 40 litres beneath than a Ford Fiesta) as the i10 is additionally fun to drive. A quicker council arbor inspires aplomb on a arced alley and makes the i10 feel active in the corners.
There are two petrol engines on action – a 66bhp 1.0-litre assemblage which can feel apathetic on motorways or an 83bhp 1.2-litre petrol which is £500 added expensive. Both are frugal engines and we’d stick to the chiral gearbox as the automated isn’t the smoothest during shifts.
Top blueprint versions ascend to £15,495, which is about supermini money. For this admitting you get a car that can absolutely attempt with the chic above. The i10 is beyond than the old archetypal and added able too. For an added £1,000, the Exceptional adds 16-inch wheels, acrimonious seats and a acrimonious council wheel. Considering this is on top of an eight-inch affectation complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless buzz charging and able acceleration absolute warning, the i10’s abeyant apparatus account is impressive.
Our choice: Kia Picanto 1.0 GDI GT-Line
The Kia Picanto is a absolute battling to the Citigo above, alms lots of kit and active acquaintance added affiliated to that of car from the chic above. The Picanto shares abundant of its mechanicals with the old Hyundai i10, but a contempo facelift has bigger the Kia’s drive, added able and bigger built. Kia’s accomplished seven-year assurance additionally appearance – a abundant allurement if you plan on befitting your car for added than the accepted across of a PCP accounts deal.
Practicality is acceptable for a car of this admeasurement too; all appear with bristles doors and there’s abundant amplitude for two adults to sit about able in the back. The cossack measures in at 255 litres – appreciably added than the 211 litres MINI 3-door from the chic above.
The Picantos ambit is absolutely long, activity from the base-spec ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, GT-Line, GT-Line S, X-Line, X-Line S, Titanium Copy and Zest. We’re decidedly addicted of college trim levels in the Picanto as these action a acceptable bulk of kit and represent acceptable value. Go for 3 trim and you get a accepted 7.0-inch infotainment awning with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity, cruise control, auto-folding mirrors and a abandoning camera.
Our choice: Volkswagen up! 1.0 up!
The Volkswagen up! has been with us aback 2011, but a brace in 2016 has kept the baby German car aggressive adjoin angry burghal car rivals such as the Kia Picanto and Fiat 500.
The accepted up! comes with three agent choices; the three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol agent is accessible with 59 or 74bhp and there’s a befuddled 1.0 TSI turbocharged agent with 89bhp. Beyond that, there’s the up! GTI, which uses a 113bhp adaptation of the TSI powerplant.
All the engines accommodate added than abundant adeptness for the up!’s failing body, with the turbocharged assemblage decidedly chill of lower revs. While it’s bigger ill-fitted to city-driving, the up! additionally copes with motorway canoeing aloof fine. The 89bhp 1.0-litre TSI agent can adeptness over 54mpg on a accumulated aeon with the 59bhp assemblage alone hardly behind, managing a accumulated aeon aloof over 53mpg. The non-turbo agent should be accepted with new drivers as it sits in allowance accumulation 1.
An all-electric e-up! will be on auction in 2020 with Volkswagen claiming a ambit of up to 162 miles.
The up!’s affair allotment is managing to feel like a abundant bigger car than it absolutely is acknowledgment to a complete autogenous and aesthetic active experience. It’s still a baby car about and there are alone four seats in the up! so those in charge of a axial rear bench will be best dispatch up to the supermini class. The cossack is abounding for a car of this admeasurement and about matches the Hyundai i10’s 252-litre capacity, but it loses out to the Korean car by 87-litres aback the rear seats are bankrupt flat.
The albatross in the allowance with the up! is it’s near-identical siblings, the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii – both of which are acutely cheaper. But the up! offers up a classier angel and the autogenous is incomparable in this segment. The residuals should be bigger for buyers too, acknowledgment to the added exceptional badge.
The up! won our best Burghal Car accolade in 2017, 2018 and 2019, assuming its absorbing beyond of abilities that it can attempt in the boxy baby car articulation as well.
Our choice: MINI 1.5 Cooper
Even admitting the third-generation MINI looks agnate to its ancestors, the UK favourite is added refined, bigger and appearance an all-new turbocharged agent line-up. The five-door model remains cheaper than the abundant beyond Clubman while alms acumen that’s commonly adamantine to appear by in the MINI buck range.
The agent agency includes three-cylinder petrol and agent engines which accept been advised by ancestor aggregation BMW – accession first. The models in the MINI ambit alpha with the best basal One, again go up to the Cooper, followed by the Cooper S and a range-topping, bound copy GP hot buck aloft that.
The autogenous maintains a bulk of awakening touches and includes air-con, Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard. While some may altercate the designers accept played it too safe with the new interior, the old architecture was abundantly popular, and offered article altered for motorists in the baby car market.
Further credibility in the MINI’s favour accommodate the accession of added customisation options, which acquiesce drivers to absolutely put their brand on their new car acknowledgment to 3D-printed parts, custom aperture lights, and abundant else.
Our Choice: Citroen C3 Aircross Feel PureTech 110 S&S manual
The Citroen C3 Aircross adeptness attending like a beefy SUV on the alfresco but bunched ambit and aggressive appraisement beggarly it’s a battling for superminis.
A huge bulk of acumen helps the address of the C3 Aircross with sliding rear seats alms a cossack amplitude of up to 520 litres. Folding those seats collapsed opens it up to 1,289 litres. As a aftereffect of the car’s aloft floor, allowance is a bit bound for rear cartage but there’s abounding legroom with no manual adit to argue with.
With affluence of options for personalisation and blue SUV looks, the Aircross stands out in this list, but abominably the college ride agency it can’t bout superminis for disciplinarian engagement. There’s a able ambit of petrol and agent engines on action with the 109bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol our aces of the bunch. If adeptness is your capital concern, the 98bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi agent will acknowledgment up to 70.6mpg.
The C3 Aircross can outshine its supermini rivals with its adeptness to biking over asperous terrain. There’s no four-wheel drive advantage available, but Citroen’s Grip Ascendancy absorption ascendancy arrangement will advice accession the Aircross’ off-road credentials.
There are three trim levels – Feel, Flair and Origins. The entry-level Feel gets a 7-inch touchscreen, acceleration absolute assurance acceptance and acceleration warning. Mid-spec Flair gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Origins receives all the aforementioned appearance adapted to the the Flair archetypal with bespoke acrylic and autogenous trim.
Our choice: Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech EAT8 Allure
We accepted the Peugeot 208 aback we aboriginal collection it in 2019 for its absorbing exoteric and autogenous design, body affection and ambit of petrol, agent or pure-electric powertrains.
The supermini articulation is one of the toughest ones and the new 208 absolutely targeted the higher-end of the sector, agnate Renault Clios appear in about £3,000 cheaper so you’d apprehend the 208 to excel in every breadth to accomplish up for the deficit.
Thankfully, the Peugeot 208 has one of the best interiors in the supermini class, arguably the car’s stand-out feature. There’s piano atramentous artificial which looks the allotment although it adeptness not be the best abiding material, there’s affluence of covering and it feels about able-bodied put together. Configurable ambient lighting is a nice touch, too. Amplitude central is able and the cossack is average-sized for the chic at 311 litres.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit is a nice accession and mid-spec Allure and aloft models get a 3D version. The entry-level Active gets a accepted seven-inch awning but if you blueprint higher-end models you get a 10-inch awning (standard on the e-208).
Driving the Peugeot 208 is a nice acquaintance but it does highlight how able the Ford Fiesta’s anatomy is. The 208’s council is abbreviate on feel, a absence which is amplified by the baby council wheel. The 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder agent is excellent, about and if you bout it to the eight-automatic gearbox you accept a appreciably aesthetic powertrain.
Our choice: Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Essential
By far the cheapest car on this list, the Dacia Sandero is a full-sized supermini that’s priced beneath best burghal cars. Loosely based on the Mk2 Renault Clio, the Sandero is far beneath adult than some of the latest crop of superminis but still holds up able-bodied adjoin its added able competition.
Go for the best avant-garde 0-9-litre petrol and you’ll be met with a supermini that’s acceptable to drive and comfortable, alike if it’s not the best aesthetic car in its class. The Sandero is a basic new car that prioritises bulk for money, but bargain does not according awful in this instance. Do buck in apperception that the Sandero alone has a four-star assurance appraisement from Euro NCAP, however.
Prices alpha at beneath £7,000 but entry-level Access models are decidedly spartan and best abhorred unless you absolutely don’t charge animal comforts like a radio. We’d go for the Essential, which brings added animal comforts but still offers appropriate value.
It’s account starting your coursing by accepting a bright abstraction of your baby car needs afore you start. Consider your acceptable mileage, cardinal of passengers, cossack amplitude requirements, cardinal of appropriate doors and any must-have appearance or options.
Consider your account not aloof for ammunition and insurance, too. Avant-garde petrol engines accept appear a continued way in the aftermost few years, abnormally in abate models – as such, diesel-powered baby cars are acceptable added difficult to recommend. We acclaim alone allotment one if you plan to do mostly long-distance motorway work. Baby turbocharged petrol engines are advised to accommodate appropriate achievement after sacrificing abridgement – they are abundant all-rounder options for alloyed driving.
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One of the best important aspects of affairs a new car is a analysis drive; a car that fits your needs on cardboard may not feel that way in person. Be abiding to analysis your baby car on anchorage agnate to those you plan to do best of your circadian active on – it makes faculty to get an authentic abstraction of what to apprehend already you buy.
Keep an eye out too for abundant deals – baby cars are generally accountable to some of the best discounts. Deposit contributions and 0% accounts deals are common, as are allowance deals.
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