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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Rivals

Daewoo Matiz (98-05)

3 out of 5 3.0

Well packaged five-seater mini MPV which offers useful load capacity combined with better looks than rivals such as Toyota Yaris Verso and Suzuki Wagon R+. Generous spec, standard power steering, excellent warranty, free servicing for three years. All at very keen prices. The latest 1.0 litre engine is more useful than the 800cc version which... read more

PROS

Style, space, equipment, cheap.

CONS

Needs more power on motorways.

Fiat Seicento (98-04)

2 out of 5 2.0

Curvier than the old Cinquecento but perhaps not quite as cute. Stylish interior, low prices and affordable running costs all appeal to younger motorists. Feels better built than the old Cinq and rides better. 900 is a bit underpowered, Sporting is worth the extra for all round ability. read more

PROS

Looks, cheap to run.

CONS

Ka and Lupo still better.

Suzuki Alto (03-05)

2 out of 5 2.0

Cheap 'n' cheerful Indian-built supermini. As you'd expect from one of Britain's cheapest cars, it comes with few frills, but if economy is what you're after, it will do the job offering cheap insurance and 40mpg. You'll have to really want a new car to pick this over a second-hand buy. read more

PROS

Cheap to buy and run.

CONS

Limited ability, little charm.

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