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The small car class is one of the most fiercely contested here in the UK and with lots of new and emerging cars to choose from its hard to know where to start!
Below, we’ve put together Trusted Dealers’ guide to our favourite top 7 best small cars.
The Dacia Sandero is the cheapest small car currently for sale in the UK, and definitely worth considering. Spend a little bit more on the Ambience trim to benefit from modern day extras such as Bluetooth connection, electric windows and air-con. The 1.2-litre engine is a good choice if you’re looking for a city runabout – it will keep your fuel costs at an all-time low, but is comfortable enough to get in and out of town with ease. In addition, the huge interior space offered in the Sandero makes the car even more attractive – there are few cars in this class that can rival it. The Sandero comes with a 3-year/60,000 mile warranty too.
The Mini Cooper has changed a lot over the 50 years since its original 1960s model, but it has adapted to fit in with the modern life-style of young professionals very well, and has kept its original quirky look and feel into the bargain. Rear head and leg-room are much improved and will ensure two adults can sit comfortably on a longer journey, and the cabin quality is of the highest quality, and fitted with plenty of equipment and comforts. The Mini sports a sound engine with great performance and competitive fuel economy – it matches the manufacturer MPG. Add one of Mini’s Chilli and Media packs for a small additional cost to benefit from a superb infotainment system, climate control, a multifunction steering wheel and larger alloys.
Winner of the highly coveted What Car? Best Small Car award, the Skoda Fabia is described by the team as a “superb small car that’s practical, well equipped and cheap to run” making it a strong contender against other rivals in this class. In all in, the Fabia is a well-rounded small car that offers something for everyone. It’s cheaper to buy than many of its rivals, offers a class leasing build and engine make-up shared with prestigious brand VW, and its spacious too. Choose the 1.2 TSI engine to gain a good balance of performance and fuel economy. The engine is smooth yet powerful and copes admirably whether you’re driving about town or on the motorway. The SE trim includes just the right level of equipment such as DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-con, a touch-screen infotainment system and rear parking sensors.
The most popular car to buy in the UK, the Ford Fiesta is a fantastic all-rounder that offers something for everyone. Not only is it superb to drive, it rides comfortably and offers excellent handling. There is a wide range of engines to choose from but we’d recommend opting for the 99bhp Ecoboost petrol engine to get the most from your money coupled with the optional Powershift automatic gearbox. You’ll pay a bit extra but the ride will be worth it! Choose the Zetec trim to benefit from alloy wheels, air-con, a heated windscreen and a leather steering wheel.
The Volkswagen Polo has been a popular small car for years and still remains one of the top 10 best selling cars in the UK. One of the most attractive traits to buyers of VW cars is that the classy VW badge maintains its value very well indeed – you’ll fetch more for your money at resale than the equivalent Corsa or Fiesta. Fact. Another element of the Polo that attracts buyers is its plush high-quality cabin that offers the perfect level of comfort on longer journeys. Choose the SE trim to benefit from alloy wheels, air-conditioning, remote central locking, electric rear windows (on five-door models) as well as a fabulous infotainment system
Vauxhall has just released its latest model of the highly popular Corsa which is much improved in many areas than its predecessor. It offers a sportier look and the three-door build is designed to appeal to younger buyers, but it’s the step-up in quality which is one of the biggest changes buyers will notice – what once looked like a budget car now offers a high-quality premium feel whilst overall space has also been much improved. Passengers can now benefit from a roomy cabin with extra boot capacity increased to 285-litres (larger than the Ford Fiesta).
The new fourth-generation Mazda 2 has been designed to take on the supermini class and we think it does so very well. Despite having to compete with cars such as the Ford Fiesta and MINI, it offers plenty of curbside appeal thanks to its chiseled exterior and plush interior with more space and a larger boot than before. Like most Mazda cars, the Mazda 2 is great fun to drive due to its low kerbweight, flexible chassis and its wide range of brand-new SKYACTIV engines and transmissions. Choose the new 1.5 SKYACTIV-D with 104bhp to return incredible fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 83.1mpg and 89g/km – putting it among the cleanest cars in its class.