Best and worst small automatic cars 2018

Which small car works best with an automatic gearbox? We name the best – and the worst...

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21 Jun 2016 10:22 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

4. Ford Fiesta 1.0 100 Ecoboost Zetec Powershift 5dr

Best and worst small automatic cars 2018

There's an awful lot to like about the Ford Fiesta, and that includes its Powershift automatic gearbox, which is particularly good when combined with the punchy 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. True, this combination does push the cost over £16,000 if you also go for our favoured Zetec trim, but robust negotiating will shave a sizeable lump off that price. Remember, though, that an all-new Fiesta is just around the corner.

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3. Mini 5dr Cooper Chili Media XL auto

Best and worst small automatic cars 2018

While the Mini's sporty character means it feels more suited to a manual gearbox than an automatic, the six-speed auto 'box that's offered generally shifts quickly and smoothly. The five-door model solves many of the three-door's flaws, providing more rear space and a bigger boot, while retaining the retro charm and agile handling that have made the Mini so popular.


2. VW Polo 1.2 TSI 90 Match DSG 5dr

Best and worst small automatic cars 2018

The Volkswagen Polo has always managed to distil the qualities of its hugely popular sibling, the Golf, into a smaller package, and the current version is no different. Quieter and more comfortable than most rivals, it also feels more suited to an automatic gearbox thanks to its easygoing character. Just like the Fiesta, though, an all-new Polo is coming early next year.

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