These days, a great small car has to fulfil multiple functions. It needs to be cheap to buy and to run, and offer good comfort and refinement. An enjoyable driving experience is also important; the car can't feel out of its depth on faster roads. What's more, small car buyers shouldn't have to compromise on safety. Basically, our winner needs to mix most of the qualities of bigger cars with the affordability and ease of parking of small ones.
|Top speed||112 mph|
Ford Fiesta 1.0TBest buy £12,000-£15,000
It's not really surprising that the Ford Fiesta is Britain's best-selling car. It's a great all-round package.
|Top speed||97 mph|
Dacia Sandero 1.2 AmbianceBest buy less than £12,000
Anyone after a bargain should look no further than the Dacia Sandero.
Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 SportBest buy more than £15,000
With its high-quality feel, stylish looks and refined engine, the A1 is an undeniably class act