Best small cars 2019 (and the one to avoid)

More people buy small cars than any other type of car, but these vehicles still need to excel in a number of areas. Here we round up the best and the ones you should avoid...

01 October 2019
Skoda Fabia, Mini hatchback, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta

The small car market is one of the most fiercely contested – great news if you're after this sort of vehicle, because it means not only that there are stacks of models to choose from, but also that standards are incredibly high.

To have a chance of topping the class, a small car must be as comfortable on the motorway as it is in the city. It must offer a decent amount of equipment, enough boot space for weekly shopping trips and an interior that's practical enough to cope with the demands of families. And it must, of course, be competitively priced.

To help you find the right small car, we've picked out our top 10 – and named the one you should avoid.

Mini 3dr

Although the Mini 3dr doesn’t quite have the practicality of its slightly larger 5dr sibling, it's no less worthy of making the cut in your deliberations – particularly if you’d like your small car to have a premium feel but don’t regularly need all five seats. Go for the 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Cooper for the best experience. 

Honda Jazz

The Jazz has long bridged the gap between small cars and mini-MPVs, and the latest version continues that tradition. It offers class-leading space and practicality, and it might even outlast you with its outstanding reliability. It's a shame that its ride is rather unsettled.

8. Mini 5dr

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Mini 5dr

This version of the Mini hatchback will suit you better if you regularly need to fill all of its seats. Again, go for the 1.5-litre petrol-engined Cooper version and team it with Classic trim and you'll have most bases covered, leaving you to select a few choice options.

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