British buyers have always been fond of small cars, but that's true now more than ever. Ten years ago it was family hatchbacks that topped the best-sellers list, but in 2014 the list has been dominated by superminis, with the mighty Ford Fiesta being the best-selling car in the UK.
There's more than one reason why more of us have been buying smaller cars - they have a lot of benefits. Thanks to their small size they are light - and that means impressive fuel economy figures and nimble handling.
Clever packaging means that modern small cars are spacious enough for four adults, which is a big plus - you no longer need a large car to carry a family around in. Boot space is a bit of a problem in certain models, but if you're after a small car with loads of storage space then something like the Nissan Note will be perfect.
Small cars are sometimes seen as a less safe option - but that's a misconception. Euro NCAP crash tests show us that these models are just as good in an impact as many larger cars. Just make sure ESP stability control is included; some manufacturers only offer it as an option.
High mpg figures and low CO2 emissions mean small cars are great for saving money on your commute, too. Plus, low insurance group ratings mean young drivers might even be able to afford to drive them.
Driving through a city will be easy with one of these little cars, thanks to the compact dimensions. Parking and manoeuvring is easier, and models with nimble handling make it fun, too. Some of our top cars are just as good on the motorway, too - but take a test drive to find out if they suit your needs.
We've rounded up the 10 best small cars on the market. Click the links on the left to find out which one is right for you. Or, for an alternative review of the best small cars on the market today, visit our sister site Carbuyer.co.uk.