Metropolis automobiles are getting higher on a regular basis. The times of cheap-to-buy runabouts that are not significantly nicely geared up however are straightforward to drive and sensible for his or her measurement are lengthy gone.
Our listing of the highest ten greatest metropolis automobiles is full of perky little automobiles designed to be sensible and good round city, however mixes these traits with interesting designs, quirky color decisions and beneficiant commonplace gear ranges. In some instances, they even outdo their greater supermini counterparts by being nice enjoyable to drive when the event permits.
1. Volkswagen Up
The Up could be the smallest automotive on provide within the Volkswagen vary, however it doesn’t miss out on all of the hallmarks that the marque is famend for. It is probably not revolutionary within the phase, however the Up beats its closest rivals on end, refinement, desirability and economic system.
Add within the truth you will get one in go-faster Up GTI guise, with a punchy 113bhp turbocharged three-pot below the bonnet, and the smallest Volkswagen makes a robust case for itself as the driving force’s alternative within the phase, too.
2. Seat Mii
Based mostly on the Volkswagen Up, Spain’s tackle a small metropolis automotive is not any much less spectacular. It majors on a classy atmosphere and fashion-led trim ranges, however the Mii is almost nearly as good to drive as its German cousin, and barely higher by way of worth.
It does lack the desirability and the plushness that the Up conveys. It solely comes with alternative of two naturally aspirated three-pot engines, neither of which is especially quick however each of which prefer to be labored arduous – as you will have to, to get one of the best out of them.
three. Skoda Citigo
The most affordable member of the Volkswagen Group triumvirate, however don’t assume for one second that it lets the aspect down. Sure, it’s plainer and fewer nicely geared up than its siblings, as a way to fulfill that cheaper price level, however the Citigo is a typical Skoda, which implies this can be very nicely completed and involving to drive.
The 2017 facelift has helped raise the sense of high quality to make it a extra attractive proposition.
four. Suzuki Ignis
A unusual contender on this moderately congested phase is finally a zesty little automotive that appears extra like a crossover than a few of its contemporaries do.
It’s brilliantly packaged, with a large quantity of inside area for its measurement, however its low-rent inside and an infotainment system that appears and seems like an aftermarket addition leaves a bit to be desired in comparison with polished rivals such because the Volkswagen Up, as does the on-road dynamics, which aren’t as sharp or refined as some rivals.
It’s doable to spec the Ignis with Suzuki’s AllGrip all-wheel-drive system, that means this little automotive will go additional off-road than lots of its rivals.
5. Hyundai i10
The mannequin that kickstarted the success Hyundai has skilled within the UK in latest instances is again with this second-generation model.
It makes vital strides ahead in desirability and general high quality in contrast with its predecessor, the outcome being that this metropolis automotive is smarter wanting, richer to the touch, roomier and higher geared up than ever earlier than. It’s let down by a scarcity of the form of zesty efficiency its predecessor was acclaimed for. In all, it would not really feel fairly as nicely rounded because the Volkswagen Up.
6. Kia Picanto
Identical to its cousin, the Hyundai i10, the Kia Picanto has grown up considerably because it first graced our roads.
The newest automotive is actually higher wanting that its predecessors, however can be completed higher inside and positive factors a good degree of ordinary gear. It even scores pretty nicely on the journey and dealing with entrance, with the Picanto coping with the scarred British roads higher than some.
Nonetheless, its weedy 1.Zero-litre, three-cylinder engine is finally what lets the aspect down.
7. Toyota Aygo
The dinky Aygo was handled to a mid-life facelift in 2018, which helped sharpen its already interesting styling whereas additionally introducing a higher degree of ordinary specification than earlier than.
The Aygo’s 1.Zero-litre three-pot motor additionally had its wick turned up barely to 71bhp to 68bhp; however its naturally-aspirated congifuration means its 68lb ft of torque isn’t significantly accessible, compromising its ease-of-use in busy metropolis environments. These rivals with turbocharged motors are preferable on this regard. Nonetheless, there may be a great deal of enjoyment available from revving it out when the temper takes you.
A sprucing up of its cabin additionally lifts its attraction, as does a sharper and extra responsive infotainment suite.
eight. Fiat Panda
The Panda is totally different in character to most of its rivals. Fiat itself states that it’s extra of an ‘important automotive’ than a metropolis automotive.
Now in its third technology, the Panda could also be long-in-the-tooth in comparison with its youthful, fitter and extra frugal competitors, however it doesn’t cease its attraction shining by. Whereas it might be sparsely geared up on the within, the Panda stays strong and extra sensible than most on this listing. Additionally it is obtainable with four-wheel-drive, turning the Panda 4×4 from an urbanite right into a small off-roader.
9. Suzuki Celerio
The funds Suzuki makes no qualms about what it’s – a no-nonsense choice, and it’s very likeable due to it.
The Celerio might lack the panache and sense of event that among the extra premium metropolis automobiles will provide in abundance, however it greater than makes up for that lack of inspiration by doing all the fundamental issues nicely, together with being pleasing to drive and straightforward to get snug in. What extra may you ask for from a small automotive?
10. Vauxhall Viva
Reviving a mannequin identify from the previous can usually be fraught with issues. Nonetheless, Vauxhall reinvented the 1960s Viva from a small three-door saloon right into a smaller five-door hatch with some success.
You get quite a bit to your cash, with loads of area inside. It’s cozy sufficient to stay with and competent sufficient to drive, however just isn’t glowing or well-equipped just like the VW Group trio, and lacks the joie de vivre required to essentially lower it on this class.