Best supermini 2014

Ford Fiesta front cornering
7 Aug, 2014 12:30pm

A great supermini needs to be a jack-of-all-trades - cheap to buy and run, fun to drive and practical. We've listed our ten favourites.

The supermini (small hatchback) class is incredibly competitive. There are more cars available than ever before, and buyers are demanding models that are great all-rounders. In most cases, they've grown in size over their predecessors, with today's superminis being big enough to serve as a small family car

Thanks to increasing dimensions, the best superminis on sale today are often practical and spacious enough to accommodate a family - or even four adults - in relative comfort. Boot space can be compromised, but some models offer solutions to this with features such underfloor storage and plenty of cubby-holes. 

Most of the superminis in this list are available in both three-door and five-door form, so there's plenty of choice if you're looking to buy in this class. This means you should be able to find the right car for your needs - be it stylish looks or a practical cabin layout. The Honda Jazz is particularly impressive when it comes to versatility, with a clever folding mechanism for the rear seats maximising the interior space.

Downsizing shouldn't mean compromising in the current car market, either. Many of the top models feature upmarket interiors that are packed with the latest features - the kind of technology on offer today in some modern superminis was reserved for the best luxury cars not even ten years ago. 

Equipment levels can vary, but virtually every car comes with air-conditioning these days, with options such as Bluetooth, voice activation and sat-nav available on most cars, too. Superminis from premium manufacturers such as the Audi A1 and MINI Cooper offer the best equipment, but you will pay more for them. Even the Volkswagen Polo now features safety systems like emergency city braking and adaptive cruise control. 

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 possible in the VW Polo and Audi A1. 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. 

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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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