Another stylish choice for small car buyers is the Renault Clio. It’s sold as a five-door only, but looks like a three-door thanks to the hidden rear door handles.
Buyers can choose from a massive range of specs, and all versions get keyless entry and keyless go, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen (with clever R-Link connectivity on Dynamique models upwards). Safety kit is excellent, too, with ESP and emergency brake assist helping the car achieve five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. Parking sensors and a reversing camera can be added as options, and there’s huge scope to personalise the bodywork and interior with different colours and trims.
Engine choices include a punchy new 900cc petrol turbo, which is lighter than the diesel engines and makes the car feel more agile. Add the £250 ECO pack, and this promises low fuel consumption of 65.7mpg, plus road tax-free 99g/km emissions. That can’t match the cleanest diesel, though, which delivers 88.1mpg and 93g/km.
Whichever you go for, slightly larger dimensions mean the Clio has a bigger boot than before, at 300 litres, and provides more space for driver and passengers.