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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  • Hyundai i20 Hatchback (2015 onwards) Review

    A straight-laced small car for those after function over form or fun

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £14,130 - £18,685

    PROS

    • Comfortable ride
    • Decent 1.0-litre engine
    • Should prove reliable
    • Spacious inside and in boot

    CONS

    • Not particularly entertaining
    • Some materials poor quality
    • Base spec lacks important safety tech
    • Hyundai’s finance offering not the greatest
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  • Mazda 2 (2015 onwards) Review

    Likeable Mazda is a very strong alternative to usual suspects

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £15,665 - £19,455

    PROS

    • Sharp styling and sharp drive
    • Comfortable interior
    • Plenty of equipment
    • Efficient range of engines

    CONS

    • Not as practical as rivals
    • Lack of steering feel
    • No ‘hot’ version
    • Infotainment system dated
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  • Smart Forfour (2015 - 2019) Review

    City car cheekiness at a premium price

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    Used price: £3,244 - £12,654

    PROS

    • Practical features
    • Easy to manoeuvre
    • Low running costs
    • Premium chic appeal

    CONS

    • Expensive to buy
    • Rivals are quicker
    • Not the most efficient
    • Electric Drive has limited range
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  • Skoda Fabia Estate (2015 onwards) Review

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £15,035 - £18,880

    PROS

    • Excellent to drive
    • Cheap to run
    • Great value
    • More interior space
    • Highly practical

    CONS

    • Cheap interior plastics
    • Reserved design
    • Diesel clatters
    • 1-litre lacks power
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  • Skoda Fabia Hatchback (2015 onwards) Review

    Impressive small hatchback that's wearing well

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £12,405 - £17,995

    PROS

    • Drives well
    • Decent equipment on SE L models upwards
    • Generous practicality
    • Cheap to run

    CONS

    • Narrow range of engines
    • Aging platform
    • Overshadowed by newer rivals
    • No standard-fit air-con on base model
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  • Suzuki Celerio (2015 onwards) Review

    Parkers rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
    New price: £7,874 - £11,324

    PROS

    • Loaded with equipment
    • Inexpensive to run
    • Spacious cabin
    • Comfortable ride

    CONS

    • Feels a little cheap
    • Lacks rivals’ charm
    • Lack of a ‘proper’ automatic
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  • Vauxhall Corsa VXR (2015 - 2018) Review

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £6,486 - £13,447

    PROS

    • Low starting price
    • Good engine
    • Great gearchange
    • Sophisticated suspension

    CONS

    • Needs Performance Pack for fun
    • Bumpy ride with Performance Pack
    • Poor emissions and fuel economy
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  • Smart Fortwo Coupe (2015 - 2019) Review

    Compact two-seater city is quirky, but niche

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    Used price: £3,431 - £13,630

    PROS

    • Efficient engines
    • Fun handling
    • Surprisingly practical

    CONS

    • Larger ForFour better value
    • Rivals cheaper
    • Compromised outside of town and city environments
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