As traffic congestion is becoming a bigger problem all the time, the supermini seems set to grow in popularity – for their size compared to bigger saloons and SUV’s and also for their low running costs and price. These cars also are popular for their fun aspect, good manoeuvrability in the city, as well as being equipped with all the latest technology. We chose 5 superminis, one of which should put you right up there with the best available choices. So if you’d like a new set of wheels in 2016, why not sell your car and upgrade to one of our favourite practical small cars:
- Ford Fiesta
Ever popular among car buyers, the Fiesta has been the UK’s top selling car for many years: You can choose from a number of models ranging from very affordable entry-level versions to the 180 bhp high-performance ST with its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. The Fiesta comes in either a 3- or 5-door model – personal preference dictates and the good news is that they offer exactly the same boot size. Whether you choose a petrol or diesel, you are assured of low running costs.
- Renault Clio Hatchback
One of the great advantages of this series is the 4-year/100,000 mile warranty which is standard for all models. Whether you prefer a 3- or 5-door, the Clio offers you a comfortable interior featuring good space and possibilities of personalisation. The Clio offers 3 engine choices: from a basic 74 bhp 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine to the powerful turbocharged 3-cylinder TCe petrol or 1.5-litre turbodiesel. The Clio is another supermini known for its cheap running costs.
- VW Polo
Still one of the most popular superminis the Polo never fails to impress, especially since its revised specification range in 2014. Available as either a 3- or 5-door, the Polo offers a 1.4- diesel model which is capable of 83.1 mpg and a number of petrol engines. These start at the entry level 3-cylinder models; further up the range 89 bhp and 109 bhp 1.2-litre turbo engines are available. Features such as the standard touch screen, steering wheel with audio and cruise control ensure the Polo’s popularity.
- Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback
Starting at £9,495 and going up to ± £17, 000, the Corsa comes in a wide choice of body styles, specifications and engines. The 3-door model appears sportier than its 5-door counterpart, but the latter is more comfortable, practical and roomy. You can choose from a variety of diesel and petrol engines. As far as petrol is concerned, the most popular choice seems to be the 1.0 3-cylinder with the 80 mpg 1.3-litre the diesel choice. The Vauxhall Corsa is right up there when it comes to the latest technology.
- Peugeot 208
A great rival to the best superminis on the road, the 208 is stylish and offers good boot and cabin space. Petrol engines start at a 3-cylinder 1.0 and 1.2-litre engine, going up to the 1.6-litre GTi. Great features for the complete range include LED rear lights, air conditioning and cruise control as well as 6 airbags and Bluetooth. Prices start from £10,195 and the 208 is known for its low running costs and the most efficient combustion engine on the market.