The city car segment is no longer populated by tinny boxes that buzz at speed and have the rigidity of a tin can. In recent years especially it's grown and matured to offer great little cars with quality interiors, great engines and a fun drive.
There should be something to suit all tastes, too. If you want something practical, sporty, efficient or cheap to insure, there will be a car that can cater for your tastes. The best of the bunch will combine all of these, though.
Despite the dinky dimensions, you shouldn’t have to compromise when buying a city car, whether you’re downsizing from a larger supermini or family hatch, or buying a car for the first time, a city car should offer all the comforts of a larger car in something that’s small enough to dart in and out of city traffic and fit into the smallest of parking spaces.
City cars are more practical than ever before, too, as manufacturers have realised buyers are downsizing to keep costs down, but are unwilling to compromise on space and practicality. Some of the best city cars like the Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10 offer almost 1,000 litres of load space with the rear seats folded flat and some can accommodate four adults with ease.
The best part about city cars is that prices are extremely reasonable as brands compete for buyers, meaning you’re likely to get a great deal on some of the best models out there.
Here we’ve selected the 10 best city cars currently on the market. Click the links on the left to see our top picks, and find out which one suits you.