Buying used: the best city cars

Buying used: the best city cars
Buying used: the best city cars

Here are our top ten city cars, where less really can be more

City cars are so modern, and have come on a long way recently. Just think, the forthcoming VW Up GTI is about the same size as the original Golf GTI. Small is not cramped or bargain basement, they’re often like larger cars – but more compact, which is just what you want in the city and for those occasions when you head out further. Here are our favourites if you’re buying used.

10. Fiat 500

Fiat 500

If you want style then this must be near the top. It’s light to steer around the streets, looks cute and is an easygoing city companion. With lots of personalisation available, you can really own this car. However, it’s not brilliantly built and the whole driving experience is a bit noisy and rough so it’s not for everyone.
Best buy: 2014 1.2 Lounge, 29,692 miles, £5695

9. Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki Celerio

Rather more useful than a stick of celery, the Celerio offers lots of space, with lots of kit in it, and will also be an economical car to run. It’s cheap and it feels it, but it’s not a bad car to drive and it will prove eminently practical.
Best buy: 2015 1.0 SZ4, 25,500 miles, £5650

8. Fiat Panda

 Fiat Panda

If the Fiat 500 is a bit too cutesy for you, the Panda provides a rather more butch solution to city driving. It’s got a lot of character and can be had as a 4×4 version if you want, with styling to match. We’d probably avoid the entry-level trims as they’re a bit basic, but otherwise this is an appealing choice for small money.
Best buy: 2014 1.2 Lounge, 27,000 miles, £5042

6= Peugeot 107

Peugeot 107

This and its sibling the Citroën C1 (below) are both early entrants to the city car market, and it’s beginning to show. They are small and don’t offer the interior space of some more recent arrivals, despite facelifts. However, they are also very good value as a result and worth considering.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 Active, 29,000 miles, £4399

6= Citroën C1

Citroën C1

This is the Peugeot 107 bar some minor styling changes and a new badge, so the same comments apply. There aren’t any major changes between them, so which you prefer may well depend on which you find on the market or which garage you have nearer you.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 Edition, 25,500 miles, £4498

5. Renault Twingo

Renault Twingo

About the only thing putting people off the Twingo is the new price, and that’s taken care of by a year or three on the roads. There are a lot of personalised versions around, so you need to find one that works for you but, if you do, then you’ll have a city car with lots of space that is very practical and peaceful in operation.
Best buy: 2015 1.0 Play, 28,000 miles, £5495

4. Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10

Not the cheapest on the used market, and that’s because it’s a good car and it’s in steady demand. You could still pick up some of that long warranty, and there is a lot of equipment as standard on all but entry-level S trim. Overall it’s spacious, practical and desirable.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 SE, 25,000 miles, £5798

2= Skoda Citigo

Skoda Citigo

This is Skoda’s take on the VW Up, same as the Mii is Seat’s take on it – see below. The Skoda is immense value for money and is well made, with lots of cabin space and a driving experience that feels more full-size. The Citigo isn’t just for cities either, and would work more than adequately out on the main road networks.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 SE, 25,500 miles, £4698

2= Seat Mii

Seat Mii

The Seat Mii is like the Skoda Citigo, is like the VW Up. Except maybe it’s the coolest of the three, being the best looking and most stylish. That’s about the only difference, so there’s no downside to that upside. For under £5000 for a three-year-old version, you’re getting a lot of car.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 Toca, 11,000 miles, £4950

1. Volkswagen Up

VW Up

We keep mentioning it, and here it is, at the top where it deserves to be. It’s the classiest of the lot, and the one that most feels like a much bigger VW. It’s not that much more expensive than its siblings but we’d argue it represents even better value for money. Space, pace and a pretty face make the Up the top of the pile.
Best buy: 2014 1.0 Move Up, 16,000 miles, £5215

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