Best small automatic cars 2021
Which small cars work best with an automatic gearbox? We count down the top 10 – and name the models to avoid...
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 name the models that are best avoided.
10. Mini hatchback Cooper Sport 5dr auto
While the Mini's sporty character means it feels more suited to a manual gearbox than an automatic, the six-speed auto that's offered generally shifts quickly and smoothly. The five-door model solves many of the three-door's flaws, too, providing more rear space and a bigger boot, while retaining the retro charm that has made the Mini so popular.
9. Renault Clio 1.3 TCe 130 S Edition EDC
The 1.3-litre TCe 130 version of the new Clio offers a big step up in performance over the 95 model, so is worth the extra. Plus, your extra outlay gets you a slick-shifting automatic gearbox as standard. Okay, the Clio isn't the most fun or comfortable small car, but it's still a fine all-rounder.
8. Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium auto
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.
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