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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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  • 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: £19,185 - £28,880

    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: £12,150 - £19,310

    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: £9,895 - £14,895

    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: £12,495 - £18,285

    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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  • 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: £12,880 - £22,790

    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

    Mk5 Ibiza won the Parkers New Car Award 2019 for Best First Car

    Parkers rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
    New price: £15,620 - £21,545

    PROS

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

    CONS

    • Some interior plastics are very hard 
    • SE-spec cars feel basic inside
    • No more SC three-door or ST estate
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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: £11,849 - £15,849

    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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  • 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: £11,675 - £12,075

    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 Swift Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Fun-to-drive alternative to the mainstream offerings

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £12,499 - £18,499

    PROS

    • Perky performance in Boosterjet form
    • Engaging at all speeds, with sporty handling
    • Faster, lighter and more economical than predecessor
    • Packed to the rafters with standard equipment

    CONS

    • Price gap to rivals has narrowed
    • Sport not the bargain it once was
    • Dealer network not as wide as rivals'
    • Interior feels cheaper than other superminis
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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: £15,920 - £23,160

    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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