Best and worst small automatic cars 2019
Which small cars work best with an automatic gearbox? We name the best – and the worst...
The Zoe sets out to solve one of the problems most often levelled at electric cars – the cost. This five-door hatchback will officially do up to 250 miles on a full charge, and comes with plenty of equipment, yet it costs roughly the same on monthly finance as conventional alternatives such as the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. As a bonus, there are no gears to worry about.
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.
If you're looking for a pocket-sized car with a premium badge, the A1 is a great choice, thanks to strong resale values, impressive refinement and a high-quality interior. It's similarly impressive if you specify it with Audi's dual-clutch S tronic automatic gearbox.
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