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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  • Honda Civic Hatchback (2022 onwards) Review

    Good to drive and cheap to run – but the price could be a sticking point

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £29,595 - £32,995

    PROS

    • Hybrid powertrain promises good economy
    • More spacious than the old model
    • Plenty of standard safety equipment

    CONS

    • Steering lacks feel (like most rivals)
    • Not on sale in the UK until autumn
    • Prices expected to start from £30,000
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  • Toyota Aygo X (2021 onwards) Review

    All-new city car fails to shine where it matters

    Parkers rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
    New price: £15,405 - £21,350

    PROS

    • Ride quality improved over Aygo
    • Cabin stylish and functional
    • Decent around town

    CONS

    • Puny engine struggles on the open road
    • Terrible rear legroom
    • Restricted view out
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  • Skoda Fabia Hatchback (2021 onwards) Review

    Crushingly good all-rounder, lacking a little sparkle

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £17,800 - £23,735

    PROS

    • Roomy interior and boot
    • Competitive entry-level prices
    • Wide range of engines

    CONS

    • No plug-in or mild hybrid tech
    • No diesel either, but will you miss it?
    • Lacks fizz compared with a Clio
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  • Renault Captur (2020 onwards) Review

    Renault’s popular small SUV has matured

    Parkers rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
    New price: £22,195 - £33,295

    PROS

    • Spacious, flexible interior
    • Quality materials, plenty of tech available
    • Broad range of engines including hybrids

    CONS

    • Lower-spec models feel less special inside
    • Coarse PHEV engine
    • No full EV model planned
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  • Peugeot 2008 (2020 onwards) Review

    Peugeot 2008 SUV majors on style and tech

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £22,735 - £29,595

    PROS

    • Eye-catching design inside and out
    • Decent range of engine options
    • Cabin and boot are spacious

    CONS

    • Top-spec models can be pricey
    • 3D dials take getting used to
    • Driving position won’t suit all
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  • Hyundai i10 Hatchback (2020 onwards) Review

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

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £13,430 - £17,980

    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 with hybrid efficiency

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    New price: £20,860 - £26,850

    PROS

    • Good balance of performance and economy
    • Hugely versatile and spacious interior
    • User-friendly multimedia system

    CONS

    • Too much cheap-feeling plastic inside
    • Can sound loud when accelerating
    • Only one engine choice
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  • Toyota Yaris (2020 onwards) Review

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

    Parkers rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
    New price: £21,460 - £26,625

    PROS

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

    CONS

    • Small boot
    • Less than up-to-date interior
    • Firm ride on bigger wheels
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  • Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback (2020 onwards) Review

    French makeover has done popular supermini a world of good

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    New price: £17,440 - £26,175

    PROS

    • Impressive fuel economy
    • Excellent 100hp and 130hp engines
    • Good levels of standard equipment

    CONS

    • Interior feels a little low-rent
    • Lack of storage space in the cabin
    • Jerky automatic gearbox
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  • Peugeot 208 Hatchback (2019 onwards) Review

    Great looks, cutting-edge engines and good to drive

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    New price: £19,190 - £27,040

    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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