Best used small cars

Small doesn’t have to mean stingy and cheap really can be cheerful, as these fantastic used small cars prove...

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 09-17

4. Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo costs more to buy than many of its rivals, which is why it finishes in position number four, but you do feel as though you are getting more. Avoid the low-power petrol cars and you’ll have a small car that allows you to tackle long-distance drives in comfort, thanks to low levels of wind noise, a supple ride and a nicely finished interior that mimics the larger Golf. The small turbocharged petrol engines are the best picks as they tend to be smoother and quieter than the diesels.

We found: 2017 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Match Edition 5dr, 17,000 miles, £9995

Seat Ibiza front - 19 plate

Previous generations of the Seat Ibiza were good and popular cars, but they never competed right at the top of the small car class. All this changed when Seat launched this fifth generation car in 2017 . The attractive body is distinctively styled and there's more interior room. It rides and handles well and it's comfortable and practical. Find our favourite 1.0-litre version in well-equipped SE Tech trim and for this price it looks like a bit of a bargain. 

We found: 2018 Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI SE, 12,000 miles, £9995

Read the used Seat Ibiza review

2. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is a bestseller for good reason. Ford knows how to do small cars well and the attractive Fiesta was another feather in its cap, with class-leading ride and handling qualities, plus a vast amount of engine choices to suit enthusiasts and misers in equal measure. Its infotainment system isn't quite on a par with the best in the class, but the rest of the package is so good that it’s hardly a deal-breaker.

We found: 2018 1.0 EcoBoost ST Line 5dr, 14,000 miles, £10,000

Read the used Ford Fiesta review

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