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.....
5. Skoda Citigo
The Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii are the cheaper siblings of the Volkswagen Up. While it's true that the Citigo and Mii lack the Up’s smart interior plastics, they’re still great to spend time in and stupendous value as second-hand buys.
What’s more, they share the Up’s spacious interior and quiet driving experience. All three cars are fun and comfortable, whether you’re sneaking through city streets or bounding along a motorway.
The Citigo is off sale now, and only available new as an electric car.
We found 2018 Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI SE L, 4550 miles, £7495
4. Seat Mii
The Seat Mii is perhaps a smidge more fashion-conscious than the Skoda Citigo, but in reality, there’s no notable difference between them, so you should simply aim to find the best example of either car nearby. Either way, we suspect you won’t be disappointed.
Ecomotive versions of the Mii are a bit more economical than regular models because they’re fitted with low-rolling-resistance tyres and a start-stop system. Insurance figures should be low either way, thanks to the automatic emergency braking that helps to reduce low-speed incidents by applying the brakes. It was a cheap option when new, so look out for it.
The Mii, in line with its Citigo sibling, is now off sale and only available as an electric car.
We found 2019 Seat Mii 1.0 Design, 3100 miles, £7695
3. Volkswagen Up
As you’ll have read, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo have a lot in common with the Volkswagen Up. But the Up is a little classier, thanks to its smarter interior, so it just pips its siblings to the post.
While those classier plastics and the more upmarket badge make the Up a smidge pricier, it's still superb value and worth the extra cost. This should also be offset slightly when you come to sell an Up, because the Volkswagen brand is a bit more desirable and should mean the car will be worth more than the equivalent Mii or Citigo.
We found 2019 Volkswagen Up 1.0 TSI High Up, 4200 miles, £7995
2. Hyundai i10
The Hyundai i10 is holding its value well, so it isn’t the cheapest used city car to buy - think of around £6k to £7k for a good 2018 model. But neither is it the most expensive, and its deeply impressive blend of talents makes it worth the cost. It’s quiet, comfortable and good to drive, but it’s also spacious and, in all but the most basic trim, S, comes with plenty of equipment.
What’s more, you get the tail end of a long warranty. While you should always check that you're happy with the level of cover provided in the later years of such warranties, the added peace of mind is undoubtedly a bonus.
We found 2018 Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium, 19,000 miles, £5999
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