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Used city cars: pick of the bunchBack

Small city cars and supermini cars are enjoying better sales than larger sized cars as more people switch over to save money on ever-increasing fuel costs.

A city car is a great choice if you’ve only yourself or a small family to think about, and they are getting better and better at giving the bigger cars a good run for their money.

Advances in the engineering of city cars means that you’ll benefit from safer, more refined and better equipped cars, with the added bonus of offering cheaper car insurance and better fuel economy.

Purchasing a second-hand city car is a good idea if you’re looking to save yourself a bit of cash whilst still benefiting from a great car, so why not check out the Trusted Dealer’s pick of the bunch below:

Toyota Aygo

Choose an Aygo city car and you’ll benefit from a small motor with lots of character. The 1.0-litre petrol engine is nippy enough to get you out and about town with ease and what’s more, it can deliver a whopping 60mpg return in fuel economy, saving you cash at the pump. Although the Aygo shares the same engine parts as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107, we’d recommend it over the others because it retains its value the best, so will save you money when you come to sell it on.

Smart Fortwo

The Smart Fortwo has been around for some time and still comes up trumps as a great city car to buy and run. Unlike other small cars, the Fortwo has the edge in that it is able to squeeze into parking spaces and manoeuvre in town better than any other car due to its tiny dimensions at only 2.6m long. The only downside to this is that there is less room for luggage. However, you’ll find plenty of space for two and you’ll get a wide choice of body and cabin colour schemes meaning you can make your Fortwo quite unique.

Ford Ka

The original Ford Ka is still a good buy and what adds to its attraction is the low cost of servicing and insuring the vehicle. It offers a stylish and modern look and if you opt for a Zetec then you’ll benefit from remote central locking and electric windows as standard. The Ford Ka is made well and is built to last meaning its residual values are better than many other city cars. It’s a fairly economical car too, achieving 44.7mpg, although its CO2 emissions are higher than others at 156.6g/km.

Vauxhall Agila

The Vauxhall Agila comes with 5 doors are standard and is therefore a popular choice of car for those with small families as it makes access to little ones in car seats much easier. The standard Agila is very basic, but an upgrade will provide you with 15 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and electric windows. There is a choice of three engines offered with the Agila but we’d recommend the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 85bhp for the best fuel economy, offering an average fuel consumption of 49.3mpg.

Posted by Leana Kell on 04/11/2011