An Authoritative Journal Defined The Best And Worst City Cars

If you live in a city and go to work every day, the best option will be a compact hatchback, because it fits in the smallest parking spaces, relatively affordable and inexpensive to operate. The What Car?, and authoritative British journal, compiled a list of the TOP 10 city cars. Journalists also pointed out the models that, in their view, should be avoided.

10. Toyota Aygo

This city car, in fact, is closely related to the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108. Each manufacturer models its own car in its own way, but the Aygo is the brightest and offers more options for personalization.

The driver and front passenger have plenty of room for the head and legs, but the passengers in the back seat can feel cramped, and the trunk of the Aygo is smaller than that of the rivals.

2019 Toyota Aygo

9. Renault Twingo

The latest Twingo’s engine is mounted behind, which is unusual. It is certainly insolent, but is not as sophisticated as its rivals.

However, inside the Twingo is one of the most practical city cars. The four adults fit comfortably inside, and the rear seats are folded out completely tight, like the front passenger seat, so you can carry really long items. There are also many niches and storage space including under the rear seats (a cheap option) and large pockets in the doors.

2015 Renault Twingo

8. Smart Forfour

The stylistics of this Smart are whimsical, but the five-door layout and four-seater interior are quite practical.

The Forfour has wide open doors and low doorsteps. In front there is enough space for legs, behind there is enough room for two adults. The pluses include an optional glass roof with a panoramic view, to the minuses – a small trunk for a couple of bags.

2015 Smart forfour

7. Vauxhall Viva (the Opel Karl)

Well equipped, a good multimedia system, a quiet engine, a good maneuverability in the city. However, the exterior is unoriginal, if not ordinary.

Ahead there are a lot of space. Five doors – access to the rear seats is OK. But it is tight here except for two teenagers. The trunk is one of the smallest in the class.

2015 Opel Karl

6. Seat Mii

The Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up are three peas from the same stunt; almost identical cars with different brand badges. So what’s the difference? The Up is the most expensive, like the ‘premium’; the Citigo is for  ‘masses’, so it’s the cheapest, the Mii sits somewhere between them, aimed at a more athletic clientele.

The Spanish city car has many highlights: 14-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, safety glass, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors and electric front windows. the FR-Line finishing looks more sporty, with larger 16-inch wheels and front fog lights, plus you get a sports suspension.

2013 Seat Mii

5. Suzuki Celerio

The Celerio is the smallest and cheapest model of Suzuki. However, an affordable price does not mean that we have a carton on wheels. It is not so. In fact, all versions come with a list of equipment, including DAB radio and electric front windows.

For such a small car, the Celerio is surprisingly spacious in front. Behind there is a place for two adults, and a trunk of a good size.

2015 Suzuki Celerio

4. Volkswagen Up

In 2012, the model became the Car of the Year according to What Car? The Up city car is still a good choice today.

The car behaves perfectly on the road, it has a great interior. Three-cylinder engines are not the fastest, but economical. The optional automatic transmission is rather lazy, indeed.


2017 Volkswagen Up

3. Skoda Citigo

The Citigo is the cheapest of a city triumvirate mentioned above. It is sold in three- and five-door versions and is available with a choice of two 1.0-liter petrol engines. There are several levels of finishing: from trivial to quite serious. An automatic braking system is available as an option.

Despite the fact that Citigo is four-seat, the passengers have enough space for the head and legs. The luggage space is also relatively large.


2017 Skoda Citigo

2. Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 is the embodiment of a classic city car: short, relatively high and with five doors as standard. All this is combined with low operating costs and ease of use.

There is enough room for the head, even with a tall driver and passenger. No other city car offers more space for the rear passengers, and the trunk of the i10 is larger than the most of its competitors have.

2017 Hyundai i10

1. Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is one of the best urban cars with smart interior, accurate control and decent practicality. The car manufacturer provides a 7-year warranty on the car.

The cabin is good for four adults. Many useful storage devices and pockets are provided. The Picanto has a quite good (350 liters) trunk for a city car. Plus more sporty exterior for the latest generation model.


2017 Kia Picanto

2017 Kia Picanto

Worst City Cars According to What Car?
2. Opel / Vauxhall Adam

The Adam is stylish, its trim levels and an interior are good. However, the ride does not deliver comfort: the suspension is too firm, the control at high speed leaves much to be desired. Plus the Adam is expensive.

2013 Opel Adam

1. Fiat 500

The authoritative and remarkably stylish ‘cinquecento’ is a legend, but today it has many rivals that are cheaper and better go. Offered only in a three-door version, this is not the most practical city car, and the Twinair engine is very ‘voracious’ by modern standards.

2016 Fiat 500

2016 Fiat 500

Source – What Car?

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