What is a supermini?

  • Benefits of a supermini explained
  • Should I consider buying one?
  • Parkers explains the small-car genre

A supermini is a relatively small, cheap and economical car. Larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback, it’s no wonder these small cars are selling like hot cakes as a busy world downsizes…


Cheap to buy, cheap to run, easy to park, often good fun to drive. It’s motoring at its simplest.


Limited space, not the most comfortable long-distance tourer, not particularly powerful.


The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK and the second best across Europe. Rivals include the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208.

Looking for more jargon-busting motoring meanings? Head over to our Parkers Car Glossary page and take a look at our other definitions