There’s a new breed of vehicle on our roads, and they’re super small! A generation of micro cars, or city cars, has burst into our showrooms to make city driving easier. These cars are small enough to squeeze into parking spaces, and nip down one-way streets. They are incredibly fuel efficient, and they’re very cheap to buy. However, they all look very similar, so how do we separate the pack? We’ve test driven the entire range, and narrowed down the best. If you’re looking for a cheap city car, here’s where to start.
The little Aygo is perhaps the best-looking car on this list. It’s not easy to style a small car, yet Toyota have achieved the impossible. The iconic X-shaped grill gives it a unique design, and it stands out from the crowd. You’ll find a new Toyota from RRG starting at under £9,000 too. Best of all, this car comes with Toyota’s unbeatable 100,000 mile warranty. That should last you ten years on average mileage, and you won’t find better than that on this list.
If the Aygo is the best looking and most reliable, the i10 is the most fun to drive. Securing Car Buyer’s coveted ‘car of the year award’ in 2014, the little Hyundai is a sensation. It’s not quite as stylish as the Aygo, but it’s still better looking than the rest of the class. Inside, it feels spacious beyond its perceived size, which is handy for families. As for the driving experience, the i10 is in a league of its own. The biggest problem with city cars is they suddenly feel out of their depth on the motorway. But, not the i10. It holds its own, and feels secure at high speeds. It’s one of the best small cars you can buy. Period.
Skoda have turned the tables on their reputation over the last decade. The Czech company had a reputation for cheap and unreliable motors. But, with a slew of fantastic releases over the last ten years, that reputation has flipped. The Citigo is a perfect example of their turnaround. The clean engine delivers a staggering 68 mpg, even around the city. It’s cheap to run, insure, and free to tax too.
German engineering will always come out on top, and it’s no different with the VW Up! This small city car feels more sturdy and well-made than most of its rivals. That’s all thanks to Volkswagen’s carefully crafted reputation. The Up! is surprisingly spacious and roomy inside, and back-seat passengers won’t feel too uncomfortable. Running costs are rock bottom, and prices start at an affordable £8k.
The Fiat Panda is the legacy car on this list. These little vehicles have been darting around the tiny streets of Italy for decades. It’s no surprise that Fiat know how to create a car that handles city roads like a pro. Compared to the winding mountain roads of Milan, Leeds city centre is a doddle for the Panda.
These cars are certainly cheap and cheerful, but don’t write them off. They sturdy, reliable, and brilliant around the tight city streets.