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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  • 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: £20,590 - £32,035

    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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  • Renault Captur (2020 onwards) Review

    Renault’s popular small SUV has matured

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £18,295 - £30,995

    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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  • 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: £16,415 - £26,695

    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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  • 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: £12,820 - £17,195

    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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  • Honda Jazz Hatchback (2020 onwards) Review

    Versatile, grown-up hatchback gains hybrid tech

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £18,985 - £22,185

    PROS

    • Good balance of performance and economy
    • Hugely versatile interior
    • Much nicer cabin design than old model
    • User-friendly infotainment

    CONS

    • Slight reduction in boot space
    • Not particularly exciting to look at
    • Restricted engine choice
    • Stubby door mirrors
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  • Toyota Yaris (2020 onwards) Review

    Toyota's self-charging hybrid Yaris makes more sense than ever

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £19,910 - £33,495

    PROS

    • Hugely economical
    • Loads of driver assistance tech
    • Cheap finance

    CONS

    • Small boot
    • Less than up-to-date interior
    • Firm ride
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  • Peugeot 208 Hatchback (2019 onwards) Review

    Great looks, cutting-edge engines and good to drive

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £17,155 - £24,085

    PROS

    • Great-looking inside and out
    • Up-to-date and user-friendly tech
    • Punchy and economical petrol engines

    CONS

    • Surprisingly firm ride
    • No longer the best diesel
    • Rear seat room disappointing
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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: £18,670 - £31,510

    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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  • Citroën C3 (2017 onwards) Review

    French Fiesta fighter is a quirky and appealing alternative

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £16,240 - £21,230

    PROS

    • Quirky styling for those who want to stand out
    • Personalisation options
    • Comfortable ride and interior

    CONS

    • Touchscreen is distracting to use
    • Jerky auto gearbox
    • Cramped rear seat space
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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: £10,220 - £15,270

    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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