Small cars

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.

Ford FiestaKey facts
0-60mph 11.2sec
Top speed 112 mph
Fuel economy 65.7mpg
CO2 emission 99g/km

Ford Fiesta 1.0T

Best 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.

List price £14,495
Target price £12,993
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Dacia SanderoKey facts
0-60mph 14.5sec
Top speed 97 mph
Fuel economy 47.9mpg
CO2 emission 135g/km

Dacia Sandero 1.2 Ambiance

Best buy less than £12,000

Anyone after a bargain should look no further than the Dacia Sandero. 

List price £6,595
Target price £6,595
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Audi A1
Key facts
0-60mph 8.9sec
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy 53.3mpg
CO2 emission 124g/km

Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport

Best buy more than £15,000

With its high-quality feel, stylish looks and refined engine, the A1 is an undeniably class act

List price £16,365
Target price £15,692
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