Best and worst small automatic cars 2020

Which small cars work best with an automatic gearbox? We count down the top 10 – and name the models to avoid...

Volkswagen Polo 1.0 Evo 80 SE

1. Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE DSG

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The Ibiza used to be significantly cheaper than the Polo, but that’s no longer the case following a price rise. And while the Ibiza remains more entertaining to drive, the Polo counters with a classier dashboard, a more comfortable ride and stronger resale values. Finally, it also feels more suited to an automatic gearbox thanks to its easygoing character.

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And the small automatic car to avoid...

Smart Forfour 1.0 Prime auto

Smart ForFour

Even this four-seater Smart benefits from a very tight turning circle. Unfortunately, its ride is fidgety, the optional automatic gearbox is jerky and you don't get a USP like you do with the two-seat model: namely, its ability to fit into just about any parking space.

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