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
05 February 2019

Small automatic cars

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 2019 LHD launch car front cornering shot

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.