Best used city cars

City cars are small, agile and cheerful and, bought nearly new, tremendous value too. Here we name our top 10 favourites.....

Kia Picanto

1. Kia Picanto

City cars generally get relegated to second car status because of their skimpy equipment levels and meagre engines, but the Kia Picanto bucks this trend by offering lots of big car features and some sprightly motors. It's a great blend of space, performance, comfort and equipment. 

Go for mid-range 2 trim and you’ll get everything you’ll need, but we’d suggest splashing out on 3, since it gets you a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, a rear-view camera, climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors. We’d also opt for the more powerful 1.25-litre engine over the 1.0-litre for better performance out of town, and 47.9mpg, according to our True MPG tests. The 1.0-litre turbo is better still, but that comes only with sporty-looking GT-Line trim, which isn’t as well equipped as 3.

If the equipment level wasn’t enough reason for the Picanto to win, consider the fact that if you buy one through Kia’s approved used scheme, the manufacturer will top up the warranty back to seven years (only for cars that are no older than two years), while you’ll be saving thousands off the price of a new one.

The Picanto is good fun to drive, too, and its light steering makes it a doddle to park. Ideal for a small city car, really.

We found 2019 Kia Picanto 1.25 3, 12,000 miles, £9495

Read the full Kia Picanto used review

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