What we are looking for

  • One of the biggest reasons for buying a small car is its appealing price; you shouldn’t have to spend a lot to get a good runabout, whether you’re buying outright or on finance.
  • Running costs are high up on the priority list, too; these cars need to be cheap to fuel, insure and service.
  • Frugality shouldn’t compromise standard equipment, though. A modern small car should come with a few creature comforts, digital connectivity and the latest safety technology.
  • Although most are at home around town, the best cars in this class should feel equally happy when you venture onto a motorway or twisty B-road.