4. Hyundai i20
If you're after a small car that will give you a load of space inside, then the Hyundai i20 should be on your list. Its interior space dwarfs almost any other car in this class, and because of that we're inclined to forgive some of its foibles, such as its cheap-feeling interior. The i20 is good value for money, though, and the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol we recommend here is perky and refined.
Our pick: 1.0 T-GDi 100 Turbo Edition
3. Skoda Fabia
The Skoda Fabia is a former What Car? Car of the Year and is still one of our favourite small cars. Materials and build quality are both top notch, and the Fabia should be affordable to run, with our favourite version averaging more than 60mpg in official tests. It's also practical, well priced and both quiet and composed on the open road.
Our pick: 1.2 TSI 90 SE
2. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK, and it's easy to see why. It's great fun to drive and is available with tempting discounts, while the Ecoboost petrol engines are punchy, quiet and frugal. The interior trim on the latest Fiesta feels upmarket for this class, and the touchscreen infotainment system brings it bang up to date.
Our pick: 1.0T 100 Ecoboost 140 ST-Line 5dr
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