Small car

Car owners rated 21 Small cars

  • Best model
  • Best model
Best Small car
Citroen DS3

For: Exterior styling; fuel consumption; colour combinations; good driver visibility; reasonable running costs.

Against: Interior rattles; noisy ride; seat adjustment issues; rear passenger space; storage space arrangement. See how this model performed

Why the car won

Design - owners love the way their cars look

Running costs - all running costs are lower than average

Car owner comment

‘The DS3 never fails to put a smile on my face. It looks terrific, it’s comfortable and it’s quick; I went for the 1.6 VTi petrol motor. The DS3 has plenty of room for my three boys in the back, even with the driver’s seat pushed all the way back to accommodate my long legs. ‘Equipment levels are great, with auto lights and wipers, cruise control and a decent stereo that connects to the iPhone.’

Nick Baum, 44, IT manager

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  • Worst Small car
  • Alfa Romeo MiTo

Worst Small car

Alfa Romeo MiTo

For: Low fuel consumption; fun to drive; stable in corners; exterior design; cabin styling.

Against: Servicing costs are expensive and the whole experience too slow; noisy over bumps; adjustment of front seats; radio signal is poor.

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The Car owners who took part in the survey were asked to rate their cars based on particular areas of concern. Click below to discover and view the results for the most popular areas we asked about.

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Survey overall results

The best model

Volkswagen Up!

The worst model

Chevrolet Spark
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The best brands

Jaguar and Lexus

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How we did it

The JD Power survey took place between January and March 2014, using cars registered between January 2011 and December 2012. Only models with more than 4000 sales were considered (109 in total). The JD Power survey categorises cars differently to What Car?, so the categories you see here are unique to this report.