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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  • 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: £12,869 - £18,954

    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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  • 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: £11,695 - £12,105

    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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  • 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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  • Ford Ka Plus (2016 onwards) Review

    Value-focused model aces the basics, buts lacks style

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £9,665 - £14,030

    PROS

    • Affordable and well-equipped
    • Competitive Ford finance deals
    • Comfortable but fun to drive
    • Space for four passengers

    CONS

    • Bland styling compared with rivals
    • Interior design could be bolder
    • Few personalisation options
    • Limited engine and trim choice
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  • Hyundai i20 Active (2016 - 2018) Review

    Odd-looking blend of small hatch and SUV

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    New price: £15,985 - £15,985

    PROS

    • Well-built
    • Spacious
    • Practical features
    • Characterful engine

    CONS

    • Drab interior
    • Not enough standard kit
    • Conservative design
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  • Smart Fortwo Cabriolet (2016 - 2019) Review

    UK's smallest convertible gets more appealing

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    Used price: £4,828 - £14,268

    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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  • DS 3 (2015 onwards) Review

    Premium supermini is stylish and easy to personalise

    Parkers rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
    New price: £17,165 - £23,345

    PROS

    • Stylish design
    • Punchy petrol engines
    • Economical diesels
    • Personalisation options

    CONS

    • Ride quality can be poor
    • Odd driving position
    • Interior ergonomics
    • Not the most practical
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  • DS 3 Cabrio (2015 - 2018) Review

    Sophisticated cabin, fun to drive, ideal for fashion-conscious city-dwellers.

    Parkers rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
    New price: £15,295 - £26,665

    PROS

    • Nippy handling
    • Upgraded cabin
    • Modern features
    • Large boot
    • Lots of tech as standard

    CONS

    • Lack of storage options
    • Firm suspension
    • Missing latest safety kit
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  • Honda Jazz (2015 onwards) Review

    Jazz has all the right ingredients, but lacks sparkle

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £14,620 - £19,330

    PROS

    • Excellent passenger and luggage space
    • Good visibility
    • Solid build quality
    • Tidy handling

    CONS

    • Media system feels dated
    • Some hard interior plastics
    • Restricted engine choice
    • CVT transmission not great
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  • Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 - 2017) Review

    feels solid, well put together and you get a lot of kit as standard

    Parkers rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
    New price: £13,025 - £16,700

    PROS

    • Looks good
    • Five-year warranty
    • Cheap to buy and run

    CONS

    • Rivals are brilliant
    • Five-door more practical
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