City cars are without a doubt, the cheapest and most economical cars on the road. If you’re looking for a low-emission, high performance vehicle that offers fantastic and value for money, then this selection of the best city cars will certainly whet your appetite.
Volkswagen Up! Hatchback
The Volkswagen Up! Taking over the reign of the very popular VW Fox, the VW up! Has a 1.0 litre petrol engine, making it an extremely nippy car especially for those who travel mainly short journeys. It is roomy enough to carry four adults and is extremely stylish and well-made. The Up! Comes in three and five door models.
Kia Picanto Hatchback
The Kia Picanto has more than a few similarities to the Hyundai I 10 but wins hands down with its attractive streamlined body shape. It boasts a 1.0 and 1.25 litre petrol engine and comes with three and five doors. The Picanto provides excellent manoeuvrability in tight spaces and its right turning circle makes it an ideal car for the city. The Picanto can also more than handle the longer journeys as it delivers up to 67 miles per gallon.
Citroen C1 Hatchback
For those after a sturdy, no-no-nonsense city car, the Citroen C1 is a strong contender. Bearing more than a slight resemblance to the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo, The French motor has no frills. The C1 is furnished with hard plastics and painted metal pillars. You’ll have to pay extra for air conditions and alloy wills and its rear windows pop out as opposed to wind down. Though the C1 is one of the most inexpensive cars to run, requiring a low amount of fuel and the lowest insurance and tax.
Vauxhall Agila hatchback
The Agila is by far Vauxhall’s cheapest model but this is not reflected in its exterior appearance and certainly not in its performance. The cabin quality and interior are slightly less than what you’re used to from a Vauxhall and it’s not the fastest car, offering a 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre petrol units, offering 0-62 mph times of over 12.5 seconds. But for those who undertake short journeys only the Agila makes an ideal run around for the city.
Peugeot 107 City Car
The Peugeot 107 is compact enough and fast enough to deal with city driving and excellent for parking in tight spaces, but is also big enough for brief runs on the motorway. It’s sharp steering a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol engine make it easy to zip around town. You’ll need to pay extra for air-conditioning and alloy wheels but the 107 city car is one to beat for affordability and versatility.
Toyota iQ City Car
The tiny Toyota iQ is just three metres long but don’t let appearances deceive you; it can comfortably carry two adults and two small children. Ideal for busy families, the Toyota iQ is easily to park and is extremely well-equipped. Running of the iQ is low, although due to its small size is probably not an ideal sole car as its limited space you will need to compromise either passenger space or luggage space. It is not a car for motorway driving but for nipping to the shops, the iQ will suit your needs.
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