The best small cars on the market are very important to UK buyers, with many small models consistently topping the best-seller list. We love the low running costs and fun driving experience that small cars offer here in Britain, so we've put together a list of our favouites.
The light weight of small cars means great fuel economy, and with the clever packaging of modern cars there's often plenty of space inside, too. The small petrol engines available in these cars are often characterful and fun to use, too, so they make great cars for those who love nipping about town, too.
Superminis these days are more than roomy enough for adults, and city cars can sometimes even fit four adults inside, too: the Skoda Citigo, for example. A bigger boot is something you might be after, and there are cars that cater to that as well, like the Fiat Panda.
A lot of young drivers will drive a small car as their first car, but there's no need to be worried about safety these Euro NCAP crash tests prove that these cars offer plenty of protection in a crash, and airbags and safety features are abundant on certain models. Just make sure ESP stability control is included; some manufacturers only offer it as an option.
With fuel economy figures of 80mpg and CO2 emissions low enough to qualify for free road tax, these small cars will appeal to those looking to commute as cheaply as possible, too. Plus, low insurance group ratings mean young drivers might even be able to afford to drive them.
In the city these cars really shine - although some of our favourites are great on the motorway, too. Compact dimensions mean parking and manoeuvring is easy, and the best models have responsive steering and agile handling as well. Just make sure you try your new small car on a mixture of roads on a test drive, so you can be happy it performs well in every situation.
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.