The best petrol cars

Whether you're looking for a sporty coupé, a practical hatchback or a seven-seat SUV, petrol power is now more appealing than ever before. We count down our favourite cars that drink from the gre...

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4. Kia Picanto 1.25

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Our reigning city car champion offers tidy handling, a good-size boot by the standards of the class and excellent infotainment on pricier trim levels. It's good to drive and reasonably practical, too, and the 1.25-litre petrol engine we recommend is pleasantly peppy.

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3. Skoda Scala 1.0 TSI 115

Skoda Scala front

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Think of the Scala as a cut-price version of the Volkswagen Golf and you won't go far wrong. Indeed, it has many of the same attributes we admire about Volkswagen's family hatchback, including a comfy ride and a spacious interior. This 1.0-litre petrol engine is our recommended choice, because with 113bhp available it has enough power to execute swift overtakes when needed.

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2. Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95

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Volkswagen Polo

The Polo is our favourite small car, having ousted the still brilliant Seat Ibiza to claim the top spot at this year's What Car? Awards. Again, it's a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol that we recommend, and it's well suited to the Polo's mostly urban nature. As well as a supple ride, the Polo offers a generous amount of space inside.

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