Small / City car reviews

If a city car is top of your shopping list, then browse through our reviews to find out which small car would suit your lifestyle. 

Nippy, compact, great for city driving, small cars are good first cars as well as handy for driving around town. With fun engines and quirky looks, city cars can hold their own for longer journeys too these days. 

We have a wide range of small cars for sale listed on the site, plus expert advice about small 4x4 cars, small cars with big boots, and fun fast city cars. Read our small cars reviews, including full performance figures, running costs, practicality, safety and handling statistics and options data. Browse photo galleries and research into potential problems using thousands of owners’ reviews.

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  • Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback (2020 onwards) Review

    French makeover has done popular supermini a world of good

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £15,420 - £25,860

    PROS

    • Light, easy and pleasant to drive
    • Excellent engines
    • Looks good
    • Impressive fuel economy

    CONS

    • Mechanically similar Peugeot 208 is more appealing
    • Interior fittings feel low-rent
    • Confusing trim levels
    • No 'hot' variants yet
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  • Renault Captur (2020 onwards) Review

    Renault’s popular crossover has matured

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £0 - £0

    PROS

    • Smart looks inside and out
    • Spacious, flexible interior
    • Quality materials, plenty of tech available
    • Broad range of engines, plus PHEV

    CONS

    • Lower-spec models feel less special
    • Competition is very strong
    • No full EV model planned
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  • Hyundai i10 Hatchback (2020 onwards) Review

    Hyundai’s smallest car is pretty as well as pretty practical

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    New price: £0 - £0

    PROS

    • Exceptional interior space compared to rivals
    • Classy, easy-to-use dashboard
    • Lots of safety equipment

    CONS

    • Optional automatic gearbox is atrocious
    • Higher trim levels are pricey
    • Not as good to drive as VW Up
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  • Peugeot 2008 (2020 onwards) Review

    Second-gen 2008 turns on the style and tech

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £20,020 - £31,435

    PROS

    • Eye-catching design inside and out
    • Broad range of engine options
    • Cabin is spacious, plus big boot

    CONS

    • Top-spec models can be pricey
    • 3D digital dials take some getting used to
    • Driving position still won’t suit all
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  • Audi A1 Sportback (2018 onwards) Review

    Smart, high-tech hatch is desirable but not exciting

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £18,305 - £31,115

    PROS

    • Comfortable, nicely equipped cabin
    • Good fuel economy on most models
    • Attractive personalisation options

    CONS

    • 2.0-litre model underwhelming
    • Expensive, with lots of kit on options list
    • Firm ride on models with larger wheels
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  • Kia Picanto Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Kia’s smallest car has big style and kit

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £9,915 - £14,915

    PROS

    • Well-equipped, well-made interior
    • Plenty of trims to choose from
    • Easy to drive
    • Big boot for its size

    CONS

    • Engines need working hard
    • Styling may be fussy for some
    • Slightly higher running costs than rivals
    • Hard ride on sporty models
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  • Kia Rio Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Capable, frugal Rio eclipsed by excellent rivals

    Parkers rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
    New price: £12,600 - £18,295

    PROS

    • Seven-year warranty
    • Practical, solid interior
    • Plenty of standard kit

    CONS

    • A bit dull to drive
    • Not cheap enough
    • Doesn’t stand out 
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  • Nissan Micra Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    The Micra is back on form with sharp looks and lots of kit

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £14,055 - £22,470

    PROS

    • Edgy design inside and out
    • Competitively low emissions
    • Sense of fun, modernity

    CONS

    • Cramped rear headroom
    • Poor over-shoulder visibility
    • Not the most economical, with hybrid version lacking
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  • SEAT Ibiza Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Ibiza mixes smart styling with refined drive

    Parkers rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
    New price: £15,470 - £21,415

    PROS

    • Sharp exterior styling
    • Practical interior
    • Lots of equipment available
    • Easy to drive, but also fun

    CONS

    • Some interior plastics are very hard 
    • Entry-level cars feel quite basic 
    • No more SC three-door or ST estate
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