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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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Small / City car reviews

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  • Vauxhall Viva Rocks (2017 onwards) Review

    Little reason to buy one over a regular Viva

    Parkers rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
    New price: £11,940 - £11,940

    PROS

    • Funky styling
    • Surprisingly good to drive
    • Comparatively spacious cabin
    • Cheap to run

    CONS

    • Small boot
    • Just one engine on offer
    • Lack of advanced safety kit
    • Poor value compared with regular Viva
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  • Suzuki Ignis SUV (2017 onwards) Review

    Cheerful micro-SUV offers low-cost city motoring

    Parkers rating: 3.1 out of 5 3.1
    New price: £11,499 - £15,499

    PROS

    • Cheap to buy and run
    • Seating for four adults
    • Should be reliable
    • Lots of customisation
    • Great in the city

    CONS

    • Some poor-quality finishing
    • Safety kit lacking
    • Comfort is version-dependent
    • Uninspiring to drive
    • Struggles on motorways
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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: £12,750 - £22,315

    PROS

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

    CONS

    • Cramped rear headroom
    • Poor over-shoulder visibility
    • Quality not up there with Polo
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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: £12,000 - £17,940

    PROS

    • Seven-year warranty
    • Practical
    • Plenty of standard kit

    CONS

    • Dull drive
    • Not cheap enough
    • Doesn’t stand out from its rivals
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  • Kia Picanto Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Kia’s smallest car turns on the style and is packed with kit.

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £9,500 - £14,000

    PROS

    • Stylish yet practical body style
    • 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
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  • Citroën C3 (2017 onwards) Review

    French Fiesta fighter is a quirkily appealing alternative

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £11,560 - £18,150

    PROS

    • Quirky, attractive styling
    • Personalisation options
    • Very comfortable interior
    • Impressive ride
    • Lots of safety kit

    CONS

    • Looks won’t suit everyone
    • Jerky auto gearbox
    • No autonomous braking available
    • Not the sharpest drive
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  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Polo pushes the boundaries with added colour and space

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £13,860 - £22,645

    PROS

    • Sharp looks and super-modern interior
    • Impressive array of on-board technology
    • Efficient engine range, plus powerful GTI
    • Strong image
    • Spacious for a supermini

    CONS

    • The fanciest equipment is optional
    • Refinement occasionally lets it down
    • Variable ride comfort
    • Not especially fun to drive
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  • SEAT Ibiza Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    New Ibiza gives the Fiesta a real run for its money

    Parkers rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
    New price: £14,255 - £19,575

    PROS

    • Sharp styling
    • Practical interior
    • Lots of kit
    • Great to drive

    CONS

    • Interior quality
    • Top-spec cars pricey
    • Need to wait for more engines
    • No more SC or ST
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  • Suzuki Swift Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Good to drive alternative to the mainstream offerings

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £11,999 - £16,849

    PROS

    • Perky performance in Boosterjet form
    • Fun to drive with sporty handling
    • Faster, lighter and more economical than predecessor
    • Big launch discount for brilliant Swift Sport hot hatch

    CONS

    • Price gap to rivals is closing
    • No three-door model available
    • Dealer network not as wide as rivals'
    • Interior quality not quite up with class leaders
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  • Smart Fortwo Cabriolet (2016 onwards) Review

    UK's smallest convertible gets more appealing

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    New price: £13,515 - £27,135

    PROS

    • Power roof a doddle
    • Extra width affords elbow room
    • Dual-clutch auto infinitely better
    • The cheapest cabrio in the UK

    CONS

    • Ugly front end
    • Premium-free Renault switchgear
    • Limited boot space
    • Expensive
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