Best used city cars for less than Β£2000 (and the ones to avoid)

A bargain-basement city car is one of the most wallet-friendly ways of getting around, but cheap doesn't have to mean cheerless, as our guide proves

Words ByAlex Robbins

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1. Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda combines all the best bits of every city car you can get at this price into one great package. It’s great to drive, comfortable and quiet whether you’re in town or driving at speed, has a range of three excellent engines, and even gets a sliding rear seat (if you avoid the base model). Plus, the Panda's boot’s huge, and it has plenty of room in its back seats. It’s good value, too, and while its interior is a little cheap-feeling in places, it looks smart and is laid out well. In short, the Pandai s the best city car you can buy for the price.

We found: 2008 1.2 Dynamic, 38,000 miles, Β£1998

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And the city cars to avoid…

Chevrolet Matiz

It drives okay, but the Matiz’s horribly cheap, cramped and dated interior makes it undesirable, and it isn’t even all that cheap to buy


Rover Cityrover

The city car of your nightmares. The Cityrover is noisy, uncomfortable, nasty inside and deeply unpleasant to drive. Avoid it like the plague.


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