Best supermini 2015

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26 May, 2015 11:15am

Here are ten of our favourite superminis to buy in 2015, from the VW Polo to the Renault Clio

Modern superminis are better than they ever have been - and buyers know it. Since 2004 sales of superminis have gone up 132 per cent, with UK buyers switching from larger hatchbacks like the Ford Focus down to superminis like the Ford Fiesta

The current crop of top superminis are all spacious and practical enough to function as a small family car. In the boot is where most will notice a lack of space, but with folding seats and plenty of legroom for passengers it's possible for many families to get along with them just fine. 

These cars are usually available with either three or five doors, meaning you can choose between sharper looks or improved practicality depending on your situation. The Mazda 2, MINI and Audi A1 all have sharp looks, and the three-door versions cement their sylish image. On the other hand the Skoda Fabia and Dacia Sandero are spacious and great value - they will suit those who aren't worried about the way they look.

Many of these cars are also bang up to date with the latest in-car technology too, so you won't be missing out on equipment by downsizing to a supermini. Air-conditioning is standard on almost everything these days, with options such as Bluetooth, voice activation and sat-nav available on most cars, too.

Safety systems like emergency city braking and adaptive cruise control come with the new VW Polo, and althought the price reflects it, cars like the Audi A1 do come with plenty of features usually only seen on much larger models.

A fun drive is important in the supermini class. Great handling is offered by cars such as the Ford Fiesta and MINI Cooper, while refined cruising is a strength the VW Polo and Peugeot 208. Engines available in these small hatches have improved significantly, too. There are a wide range of petrol and diesel units available, with many manufacturers updating their ranges to include efficient three-cylinder powerplants. 

Diesel superminis offer headline-grabbing economy figures, but these can often only make financial sense if you're covering enough miles to offset the higher initial costs. For this reason, it's important to take into account the way you'll be driving before you make your decision between petrol and diesel. 

Best superminis 2015

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Where's Chevrolet spark? And dacia if you want value for money...

So VW delusions continue. Lets take a look at YOUR driver power 2013 survey. VW polo 102. place, fiesta 117., but Rio 17. Jazz 23.! So for how long will you continue with VW quality praise? In every Golf, Polo review all we hear is quality this quality that, but VW comes in 16., below most Japanese and Korean manufacturers (Kia is 7th).

I know it is getting on a bit now but I would have included the Mazda 2.

How much can change in a year?
Last year, correct me if I'm wrong, Peugeot 208 was Autoexpress Best Supermini of the Year. This year it's slipped to number 7 behind the likes of Skoda Fabia!

...or have very poor taste.

Surveys like this are indeed more than slightly risible. Of the so-called "Top 10" the following appear in the Driver Power "Top 100":- Audi A.1, Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift and Honda Jazz. None of the others do.
The following appear in the "Top 100" but don't feature in the "Top 10":- Nissan Micra, Citroen DS3, Toyota Yaris. At least one of these is fundamentally more interesting than some of those selected.
Just shrug your shoulders and say "Huh!"

Isn't this specific to supermini's not the actual manufacture in general though? I know I'd buy the Ford or Polo over a Kia, Hyundai or Jazz.

eee Up! lad, long time no see Jack lad. Must say yer missus is a bonnie lookin lass.
Forget that silly bloody Polo lad. Its t' e Up! you want. Tara fur now lad!

Wot no Corsa ?

WHY??

Indeed. You are not a VWphile though and I fear you are not likely to convince them!

Yes the majority vag cars are there but where's the Vauxhall Corsa one of the u.k's best selling cars ?

I'm a badge snob. Simple as that tbh.

Snob. Ford or VW. How are either of these "upmarket"? It's a bit daft, rather like supporting a given football team regardless. On reflection a good deal dafter. One drives a vehicle not a badge.

It was sarcasm. But VW or Ford are far better than Kia or Hyundai in the public eyes anyway. And your point of driving a vehicle not a badge is total nonsense. If that was true then wouldn't everyone drive a dacia for £8,000 brand new?!?

Exactly my point. Little more than tribalism. If the Dacia is satisfactory then drive it. Buy something more expensive if it really is better not just because it is more expensive.

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