Personal Shopper: best automatic city car

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Kia Picanto

Buying new

  • Our recommended choices: Kia Picanto 1.25 2 auto
  • List price: £12,570
  • Target Price: £11,955

City cars don't come any better than the Kia Picanto. Indeed, it has been our reigning champion in this market for the past two years. 

What makes the Picanto such a great choice, then? Well, it's reasonably spacious by the standards of this class, it has tidy handling and it's backed up by a seven-year warranty should anything go wrong.

This version gets you our favourite engine, which represents a good compromise between power and price. It's especially useful if you'll be travelling on the motorway, since it pulls much stronger than the lesser 1.0-litre engine on offer. It even comes with an automatic gearbox, too.

We'd usually recommend going for 3 trim level, but even 2 gets you everything you're likely to really need, including 14in alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth and electric windows. There's also seat height adjustment for the driver, so you can have that raised driving position you've been looking for.

Find a great Kia Picanto deal or read our full Picanto review

  • Also consider: Hyundai i10 1.2 SE auto
  • List price: £12,350
  • Target Price: £11,289
Hyundai i10 1.0 S 5dr

If you decide that the Kia Picanto isn't for you, consider its cousin, the Hyundai i10, instead. Before the Picanto came along, the i10 was our favourite city car, and it still impresses with its peppy 1.2-litre petrol engine and relatively spacious interior. SE models come with air conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Find a great Hyundai i10 deal or read our full i10 review

  • Also consider: Peugeot 108 1.0 72 Active 2-Tronic
  • List price: £12,465
  • Target Price: £11,887
Peugeot 108 2018 RHD front tracking shot

This version of Peugeot's smallest model gets you a neat touchscreen infotainment system, air conditioning and 15in alloy wheels, plus a 1.0-litre petrol engine that's fine for city driving. The 108 has low running costs on its side, too, but loses out to rivals on rear seat and boot space.

Find a great Peugeot 108 deal or read our full 108 review