Best city cars

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City cars are all about diminutive size and manoeuvrability because they invariably spend most of their time on our increasingly crowded urban streets.

They do need to be big enough for a couple of adults, with back seats that’ll suffice for occasional use by people – or as a dumping ground for a couple of large shopping bags – but they must also be small enough to nip in and out of traffic, and squeeze into tight parking spaces.

Out-and-out acceleration isn’t crucial, but there must be enough pep in low gears to scoot into gaps that appear in the traffic. Running costs should be low, too.

Fortunately there’s never been a better line-up of city cars on offer. Hyundai’s i10 mixes a neat, functional interior with decent refinement and a surprisingly practical cabin, while the VW Up remains the benchmark for a premium feel.

Our favourites

Our top ten City cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Hyundai i10

Β£8,290Β£7,995 Rated 5 out of 5
Hyundai I10

Volkswagen Up

Β£8,270Β£tbc Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Up

Skoda Citigo

Β£8,155Β£7,832 Rated 4 out of 5
Skoda Citigo

Seat Mii

Β£8,140Β£6,640 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Mii

Suzuki Celerio

Β£6,944Β£6,691 Rated 4 out of 5
Suzuki Celerio

Vauxhall Viva

Β£7,940Β£8,226 Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall Viva

Peugeot 108

Β£8,190Β£7,795 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 108

CitroΓ«n C1

Β£8,190Β£8,145 Rated 3 out of 5
CitroΓ«n C1

Fiat 500

Β£10,835Β£10,109 Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat 500

Toyota Aygo

Β£8,541Β£8,495 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Aygo

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NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Smart Forfour Hatchback

Rated 3 out of 5
Smart Forfour Hatchback

Kia Picanto

Rated 2 out of 5
Kia Picanto

Vauxhall Adam

Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall Adam

Fiat Panda

Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat Panda

Seat Ibiza

Rated 3 out of 5
Seat IbizaSeat Ibiza

Renault Twizy

Rated 2 out of 5
Renault TwizyRenault Twizy

Peugeot ION

Rated 1 out of 5
Peugeot ION

Nissan Micra

Rated 1 out of 5
Nissan MicraNissan Micra

Mitsubishi Mirage

Rated 1 out of 5
Mitsubishi Mirage

Kia RIO

Rated 3 out of 5
Kia RIOKia RIO

Ford KA

Rated 1 out of 5
Ford KA

Fiat Punto

Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat Punto

CitroΓ«n C3

Rated 2 out of 5
CitroΓ«n C3

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