Best used city cars (and the ones to avoid)

Used city cars provide hassle-free transport that's cheap, simple, and in the case of these modern offerings, cheerful too

Words ByAlex Robbins

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Need to gad about town with a minimum of fuss and cost? A used city car sounds like just the ticket, if so. And if you’re worried you’ll have to compromise on space, style or comfort with a car of this size, let us put your mind at ease. Modern city cars of the sort now available on the second-hand market are some of the best yet, with many even offering some of the best qualities of cars from the class above at a much lower price.

To help you pick which one’s right for you, we’ve brought together 10 of our favourites and ranked them in order of preference, taking into account price, space, comfort, driver enjoyment, fuel economy and running costs. Read on to find out which we think is the best.

Best used city cars

10. Fiat 500

Anyone wanting a fun, fashionable city car will likely have the Fiat 500 at the top of their list. Its cutesy looks have ensured it’s been massively popular, and while its fidgety ride, patchy build quality and rather noisy driving experience mean it won’t be for everyone, it’s adored by many of its owners for its light steering and easygoing nature around town. There’s a plethora of special editions and some funky colour options, too, so it’s possible to get a 500 that really stands out.

We found: 2014 1.2 Lounge, 29,692 miles, Β£5695

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9. Suzuki Celerio

Stylish the Suzuki Celerio most certainly ain’t, but if you can live with its frumpy looks and cheap-feeling interior, it has plenty else going for it. For starters, you get a heap of kit for your cash, and you also get plenty of space, with room in the back seat and boot both impressive for its size. It’s cheap to run, too, and while it’ll never set fields of hay alight, it’s still a decent enough little thing to drive.

We found: 2015 1.0 SZ4, 25,500 miles, Β£5650

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8. Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda is something of a legend in its own lifetime. Fiat’s more practical alternative to the 500 has become well loved for its cheeky character, funky styling and low running costs. And as a used buy, it’s even more appealing because it’s so cheap. True, rear leg room isn’t as good as some rivals, and the cheaper models feel a bit basic. But if you want a new-ish city car for a low price, the Panda’s certainly worth a look.

We found: 2014 1.2 Lounge, 27,000 miles, Β£5042

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