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Hpi have cited the reason for the rise in demand of used cars is down to a combination of factors such as the cars’ efficiency, its running costs, the increase in demand for petrol, hybrids and electric vehicles and the continued popularity of SUVs.
The factors above contributed to a 0.4% rise in used cars in March with average values increasing by 1.2% since January.
City cars were one of the sectors which showed significant rises, for example, a three-year-old Skoda Citigo with 30,000 miles on the clock is now worth around £700 more than the same model would have been a year ago.
Below, Trusted Dealers takes a look at some of the most popular petrol-based used city cars based on hpi’s recent analysis.
The Skoda Citigo continues to be one of the most popular city cars on the road thanks to its attractive price tag. It’s an excellent choice for new drivers, scoring 5 stars from Euro NCAP for safety , and it’s also popular with buyers wishing to downsize their cars and save some money. Running costs are frugal and the Citigo comes with Skoda’s excellent customer service record – what’s not to like?
The Kia sports an interior which is worthy of more expensive rivals, and offers plenty of equipment as standard. Kia has the edge over many rivals thanks to its 7 year warranty which comes as standard on all its models and has yet to be rivalled across Europe. Kia retains its popularity by offering buyers a great package without compromising too much on space, quality or the drive. With two petrol engines available, and even an automatic gearbox as an option, it’s a great second-hand buy.
The Seat Mii is a classy and sophisticated city car with an attractive price tag. It’s economical, well built and cheaper than many other rivals, not to mention the fact that it is almost identical in its make-up to the popular Skoda Citigo and the VW Up! But the Mii is priced in between the cheaper Citigo and the more upmarket VW Up!, and it’s built to appeal to the sportier owner. Inside, the cabin is surprisingly spacious with an impressive boot space, while the driving experience remains fun. It’s definitely one of the city cars worth adding to your short-list.
The Toyota Aygo was designed to appeal to a wide variety of owners and it has achieved its aim perfectly. It’s a stylish, good-looking little car with a lot going for it, not to mention its close relations with the Citroen C1 and Peugot 108. For a city car, the Aygo’s styling is the most striking, with plenty of opportunities for buyers to personalise it should they want to. For a competitive price, you’ll benefit from a nippy and frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine, the choice of a 3 or 5 door version and as many as 6 trim levels plus a wealth of colour combinations.