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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 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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  • 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
    • Attractive personalisation options

    CONS

    • 2.0-litre model underwhelming
    • Pricier than rivals, steep PCP finance
    • No diesels available
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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: £15,990 - £20,275

    PROS

    • Quirky, attractive styling
    • Personalisation options
    • 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
    • Optional 17-inch wheels affect that ride comfort
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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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  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Polished Polo is well built and spacious, with an extensive range

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £15,260 - £23,455

    PROS

    • Impressive array of on-board technology
    • Efficient engine range, plus powerful GTI
    • Strong brand 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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