Best used small cars (and the ones to avoid)

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

Words ByAlex Robbins

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Best used small cars

Size isn’t everything. In fact, sometimes the best things in life come in small packages, and today’s used car market boasts a huge choice of great second-hand small cars that prove the point.

Whether you’re looking for something that’s eminently practical, something that's fun, funky and fashionable, something that's fantastically cheap to run or simply something that combines a little of all these traits into one superb all-rounder, there’s a used small car for you.

The question is, which one to choose? Well, to help you decide, we’ve pulled together our 10 favourites. Read on to find out a little more about each one in turn.

Best used small cars

10. Honda Jazz

While its mini-MPV-esque looks and quite firm ride might put a few people off, the Honda Jazz is nevertheless a great option for buyers shopping with their head over their heart. Its clever rear seats, which flip up cinema-style to allow tall loads to be carried, mean it’s one of the most versatile small cars around. It’s also spacious and has a superb reputation for reliability. What’s more, light steering makes it a doddle to drive in town.

We found: 2014 1.4 i-VTEC ES Plus, 23,000 miles, Β£8000

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9. Nissan Note

If you’re after plenty of space in a small package, the Nissan Note should be your first port of call. Its tall, narrow shape may be boxy, but it does mean there’s a huge amount of room for both front and rear passengers; there’s a huge boot, too, and the sliding rear seats on more expensive versions gives you the option of even more boot space. The Note is also reliable, easy to drive and cheap to run, although it isn’t quite as quiet as some other small cars on the move.

We found: 2014 1.2 Acenta Premium, 24,000 miles, Β£6995

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8. Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 isn’t the most exciting small car in the world to drive, and its rather plasticky interior is a let-down, even if it is solidly built and feels reasonably robust. However, it's a comfortable, well equipped and quiet car on the move, which makes it relaxing to drive, and with all used i20s you get the benefit of the remainder of a five-year manufacturer warranty from the date the car was first registered.

We found: 2014 1.2 Active, 25,000 miles, Β£5498

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