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Hyundai I10

Hyundai I10

The Hyundai i10 is the best city car around. It’s quiet, roomy, good value for money and has a long warranty.

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Our top ten city cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Hyundai i10

Β£9,540Β£8,995 Rated 5 out of 5
Hyundai I10

Skoda Citigo

Β£8,635Β£8,478 Rated 4 out of 5
Skoda Citigo

Volkswagen Up

Β£9,135Β£8,781 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Up

Seat Mii

Β£9,795Β£8,099 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Mii

Suzuki Celerio

Β£7,499Β£7,259 Rated 4 out of 5
Suzuki Celerio

Vauxhall Viva

Β£9,765Β£8,978 Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall Viva

Peugeot 108

Β£8,995Β£8,648 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 108

CitroΓ«n C1

Β£8,995Β£8,407 Rated 3 out of 5
CitroΓ«n C1

Fiat 500

Β£11,615Β£10,827 Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat 500

Toyota Aygo

Β£9,255Β£8,448 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Aygo

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NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Smart Forfour Hatchback

Β£10,435Β£10,460 Rated 3 out of 5
Smart Forfour Hatchback

Kia Picanto

Β£9,395Β£9,190 Rated 4 out of 5
Kia Picanto

Vauxhall Adam

Β£12,825Β£12,342 Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Adam

Renault Twingo

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Twingo

Smart Fortwo Coupe

Β£9,940Β£9,995 Rated 3 out of 5
Smart Fortwo Coupe

Fiat Panda

Β£9,350Β£7,199 Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat Panda

Peugeot ION

Β£20,440Β£15,995 Rated 1 out of 5
Peugeot ION

Mitsubishi Mirage

Β£12,120Β£11,725 Rated 1 out of 5
Mitsubishi Mirage

Fiat Punto

Β£11,740Β£11,359 Rated 1 out of 5
Fiat Punto

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How we define city cars

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 oomph in the lower 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 amount of space, while the Skoda Citigo and Suzuki Celerio are cheaper and even more frugal.