If you check the best-sellers list at the end of every year, you’ll always find a selection of superminis vying for top spot. For years the Ford Fiesta has been Britain’s best-selling car, with more than 133,000 models registered in 2015 alone.
Vauxhall’s Corsa, the VW Polo and the MINI consistently make the top 10 as well, proving that growth in the supermini sector is showing no signs of stopping any time soon – which is why we’ve rounded up our 10 favourite compact hatches to buy in 2016.
These cars combine genuine family car practicality with space inside for four and enough luggage room. But a good supermini also needs to be agile and fun to drive, offering punchy performance that means it’s at home cruising around the city as well as up and down the motorway.
Buyers looking to downsize don’t want to sacrifice style though, so most modern superminis boast sharp looks and offer enough technology inside to rival some executive saloons. Air conditioning is standard on all but the most basic superminis these days, while features like sat-nav, cruise control, Bluetooth and even online connected services are available on some models.
Since 2004 supermini sales have risen 134 per cent with buyers downsizing from larger family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf to smaller cars like the Fiesta and Polo. With smaller three-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel engines available to cut your fuel bills, there’s wallet-friendly efficiency available as well.
While diesel models often grab eco headlines thanks to their low CO2 emissions, don’t discount a petrol-powered car. As diesel is more expensive than petrol in the UK, unless you do lots of miles buying a more expensive diesel model doesn’t make financial sense, so do your sums before you decide which fuel to go for.
Click on the links below or to the left to get the definitive verdict on the 10 best superminis on sale in the UK.