Best supermini 2014

Ford Fiesta front cornering
13 Feb, 2014 11:30am

The best superminis are affordable, cheap to run and fun to drive, but which should you go for? Here's our top 10

Finding the best supermini (small hatchback) is harder than ever these days, as the newest raft of models in this class is better than ever. There are more cars than ever available to buy ad many are as practical and spacious as the small family cars of twenty years ago.

That size increase means the best superminis can now accommodate a small family - there's easily enough space for children in the back and some of the top models can even seat four adults in relative comfort. Boot space is often compromised, however, so if you're in need of a big boot you'll need to check carefully before you buy one.

Most models in this list are three-door cars, but come with an optional five-door version to make getting into the back seats easier. Clever seat folding mechanisms mean you can increase the boot space by folding the rear seats away, too - the Honda Jazz is particularly good when it comes to versatility.

Many of the top models feature an upmarket dashboard with all the latest features - superminis now offer a level of equipment that would have only been seen in luxury cars just a few years ago.

Air-conditioning comes standard on virtually every car these days, with Bluetooth, voice activation and sat-nav available on some cars, too. Go for a premium manufacturer like the Audi A1 if out want the best equipment around, but remember that you will pay a bit more for it.

Superminis are often fantastic to drive, offering fun handling (try the Ford Fiesta or MINI Cooper) and refined cruising (Volkswagen Polo). The engines available in these little cars have come a long way too, offering plenty of power while still keeping emissions, economy and insurance costs as low as possible.

Diesel superminis offer lower running costs, but they cost more to buy than petrol models, and often only make financial sense if you’re covering a high mileage. The economy figures are very attractive in cars like the Hyundai i20, but do take into account the way you'll be driving the car before you rush into buying petrol or diesel.

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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 ?


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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