Best small automatic cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

Which small cars work best with an automatic gearbox? We name the best – and the worst...

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What Car? team
13 December 2018

There are lots of great small cars on sale, but if you want one with an automatic gearbox, then your choice is rather more limited. It's not so much that small automatic cars aren't available, but more that many of them are quite flawed.

That said, there are still some small cars that are every bit as impressive with an automatic gearbox as they are with a manual. So, here we count down our top 10, and also name the models that are best avoided.

10. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 Iconic EDC

Renault Clio

This baby Renault might look expensive at more than £18,000, but sizeable savings are available. It combines a frugal diesel engine with a slick auto gearbox, and comes luxuriously equipped.


9. Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium auto

Hyundai i10

The i10 has long been one of our favourite city cars, and while the automatic version isn't as economical as the manual, performance is still sprightly enough, and the gearbox copes well with both town and motorway driving. Standard kit includes air-con, front and rear electric windows and six airbags.


8. Kia Picanto 1.25 3 auto

Used Kia Picanto Hatchback (17-present)

City cars have to provide seriously cheap motoring without compromising too much on space, quality and driving manners. And that's exactly why the Kia Picanto is so good, whether you go for an auto or a manual. It handles well, has a roomy interior and comes with an industry-leading seven-year warranty.

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