Here are our top 8 small cars for everyday driving...
The smart lineup has long been a favourite of drivers looking for a small car with oodles of personality. The smart is available as a 2-seater Cabriolet, 4-seater ForFour or our current favourite, the 2-seater Coupe. The ForTwo is quirky, fun and in terms of practicality… is pretty hard to beat. The turning circle is phenomenal and the boot, whilst small, is still sufficient when it comes to loading shopping or bags. There’s just something about the smart range that is just so easy… and FUN to drive.
Ok, so the new MINI might not be so ‘mini’ anymore but it’s still a cracking little car. The interior has had an upgrade in recent years, offering some great tech whilst keeping to the classic sporty styling MINI is known and loved for. Choose between a 3-door or 5-door version with either a Manual or a really impressive Automatic gearbox depending on your preference. The model lineup is also refreshingly easy to get your head around – Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Nice and easy. Well, there’s a little more to it than that, but you get the gist.
We test drove the MINI Cooper S Sport a while ago, read our review here.
The Golf and Polo are loved by many, but it’s the smallest car in the VW line-up that we’re interested in. The up! may be the smallest, but in no way does that mean that Volkswagen has scrimped in any way on the quality of the interior or drive. It’s available as a 3 door, 5 door and even as a new electric e-up! You can even get a pretty rapid GTI version, to really keep up with VW’s reign of the ‘Hot Hatch’, emulating the original Mk 1 Golf. The exclamation mark somehow makes it more exciting too.
The 500 is the ‘iconic Italian city car’ as described by Fiat themselves. Over the years the 500 has evolved into a brand in itself, with no less than ELEVEN variants including SUV and 7-seater options. Those aren’t small though, so let’s forget those for a moment. The original 500 is now also available as a Cabriolet, Dolcevita and even a hybrid. What remains constant however is the fine Italian styling that is demonstrated throughout the car, proving that you don’t have to have a big car to make a big statement.
The Picanto is a favourite for many reasons… It drives well, is cheap to insure and, depending on which model line you go for, can look really impressive on the road. For those wanting a cheap no frills car, go for the entry level option, but various mod cons are available as you go up the lineup for relatively low cost.
The i10 is small yet practical, with 5 seats and enough room for a little bit of luggage in the boot. There are a few different petrol engines available, with power ranging from 67 - 84bhp. Nothing crazy but it’s a light car that's similarly powered to many of its competitors.
The newest generation features a stylish cabin and a striking exterior. A really good little car and incredibly suited to city driving or even tight country lanes!
The Toyota Aygo is arguably one of the best looking of the bunch. With a standout ‘X’ bonnet and a great selection of colourful paint options, the Aygo ticks the boxes when it comes to a funky and eye-catching set of wheels. They Aygo is a great little economical car, cheap to run and hassle-free on one of our affordable lease agreements.
Last but not least is the SEAT Mii; similar in many ways to the previously mentioned VW up! when it comes to design, and is now also fully electric. So, not only will you be benefiting from cheap, hassle-free city driving… you’ll also now be able to do it completely emission free. The Mii has a claimed mileage of 160 miles and a tonne of kit as standard making it a great choice looking for a small car with small carbon footprint.