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Best used city cars

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

Best used city cars (and the ones to avoid)

Need to get about town with a minimum of fuss and cost? A used city car is just the ticket. 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 now offer most of the best qualities of cars from the class above but at a much lower price. 

Here, we’ve brought together 10 of our favourites and ranked them in order of preference. Read on to find out which ones we think are the best.

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10. Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda

The popular Panda is an icon. Fiat’s more practical alternative to its cheeky 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 in some rivals and the cheaper models feel a bit basic, and most importantly of all its crash-test safety results aren't very impressive. But if you want a fairly new city car for a low price, the Panda is certainly worth a look.

We found 2019 Fiat Panda 1.2 Easy, 9000 miles, £7395

Read the full Fiat Panda used review

9. Suzuki Celerio

Used Suzuki Celerio 16-present

Stylish the Suzuki Celerio most certainly ain’t, but if you can live with its frumpy looks and cheap-feeling interior, it has a lot going for it. For starters, you get a heap of kit for your cash, plus it's practical, with a rear-seat area and boot that are impressively roomy for a car of this size.

The Celerio also came out on top of all the city and small cars in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey – an encouraging sign for its long-term dependability. It’s cheap to run, too, and while it will never set fields of hay alight, it’s still a decent enough little thing to drive.

The Celerio's off sale now as a new car so it's used only - grab one of the last cars and you'll have a nearly new car for a temptingly low price. 

We found 2019 Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet SZ3, 7000 miles, £7995

Read the full Suzuki Celerio used review

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