What we are looking for

  • Primarily, a city car needs to be compact on the outside and yet spacious enough to carry four people in reasonable comfort inside.
  • Though powered by a small engine, it’ll also need to have enough oomph to cope with most road situations, including motorway journeys, while still providing excellent fuel economy figures.
  • It’ll need to be agile in town, easy to park and cheap to run.
  • On top of that, the best city cars should be safe on the open road, and provide all the quality in their fixtures and fittings, and the safety, that you’d expect from a larger car.