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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