Top Five Superminis for City Drivers
Popular with first-time drivers and urban commuters alike, compact city cars or “superminis” fall at the lower end of the price range for new vehicles. Yet today’s best models feel anything but budget, thanks to their increased levels of refinement. The following are five of the top superminis you’ll find on the market today, combining wallet-friendly prices with a range of amenities.
1. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is an enduringly popular car for city drivers, with its wide range of amenities and high quality materials. There are several different engines to choose from, including the popular 1.0 EcoBoost turbocharged model which combines power and economy. The Fiesta is known for its top notch handling ability and smoothly responsive steering, making it a rewarding driving experience. Yet it’s the Fiesta’s value for money that consistently places it at the top of any supermini list. Ford Fiestas hold their value well over time, are low in cost to insure, and offer a high fuel economy which helps keep ownership costs low.
2. Mini Cooper
Drivers looking for a supermini with style and pizazz will want to take the iconic Mini Cooper out for a test drive around town. Although the Mini excels in confined city spaces and tight parking spots, it’s also powerful enough to be a pleasure to drive on the open highways. Cargo space is a tad limited, but the Mini Cooper makes up for this with a powerful engine and luxurious feeling both inside and out. If you look at past models of the Mini at Carsales, you’ll see that it holds its value extremely well over time and is a joy to drive. There are also many personalisation options to make a new Mini your own.
3. Peugeot 208
Lightweight, speedy, and practical, the Peugeot 208 has been recently remodelled to include a new interior touchscreen and slimmer seats to provide more legroom in the backseat. Despite its small size, the Peugeot 208 feels quite roomy as a result. The car offers Bluetooth connectivity, USB sockets, and climate control. Yet the 208 really excels in terms of fuel economy, due to its light weight. It offers a combined fuel economy of 65.6 mpg if you choose the 1.0-litre petrol engine; or up to 83 mpg if you choose the 1.4 eHDi option with an automatic gearbox.
4. Skoda Citigo
Skoda has become one of the more popular manufacturers of city cars over the past few years, with their CitiGo model coming in at the head of the class. It offers lightweight steering and a comfortable ride in a small package. There are two engines to choose from, offering up to 68 mpg with the Skoda Green Tech system. A mid-range model provides amenities including air conditioning and electric window controls while at the higher end you’ll also get an infotainment system and heated seats.
5. Volkswagen Polo
Although it falls within the supermini class, the Polo feels more spacious. The interior feels refined and luxurious, constructed from high quality materials and offering a smooth and comfortable ride. It’s small enough to fit into tight city parking spaces, and has a high enough fuel economy to help save you money on the commute. Although it’s not as fun to drive as rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, the Polo is a polished, practical, and budget-friendly option for city driving.