There are many reasons you might opt for a smaller car than your usual size. Firstly, nervous drivers are far more likely to get on better in a small car. There is less of a worry about how you can park in tight spots, and you have less “machine” to manoeuvre. Not only this, but lone drivers are ideal candidates for a small car. If you regularly drive yourself to work or out and about by yourself, why would you need a larger car? It would be more economical to have a smaller vehicle to get you around. Of course, another reason would be price and efficiency. Smaller cars are lighter and therefore use less fuel than your standard sized car. So, if you fit in one of these categories, you might be thinking about which small car to invest in. Here, we look at your best options:
The Kia Picanto is a cheap to run small car and stylish to look at. It is a comfortable drive too, with the 2011 version having a much improved interior. The 1.25-litre engine gets you where you need to without drinking large amounts of fuel. What’s also great is that Kia offers seven year/100,000 mile warranty as standard, an unusual deal not seen elsewhere. Getting on the motorway can be noisy, so it is better suited to urban roads and towns.
The SEAT Mii is a popular car with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine. It also looks great as a car, with a sporty version also on the market called Vibora Negra. Ideal for quick trips into town, to work or to see friends through city and town streets, this car might set you back a bit more financially but it is a reliable model that will give you a good run for your money (no pun intended!)
The Fiat 500 is an iconic, retro looking car. Most notable in red, this small car has been seen in many films and adverts recently so you are probably already familiar with it. It is a very fashionable car, first launched in 2007. It also has a convertible version – the 500C. It is good to run and comfortable to be in, but comes with a heftier price tag. It is easy to park – even in the tightest spots, making it perfect for people who need to park in garages! What’s also great is that you can actually fit more people in the car when you need to, such as older kids or adults – but is perfect for cruising along on your own, too.
Don’t be fooled by their previous model, the Matiz, which didn’t have a great reputation. Chevrolet has introduced the newer Spark car which is a great small car and is well equipped. It offers plenty of space and is a good little runaround.
The Peugeot 107 is still a great car. Yes, it might not be as new or fashionable as some of the other small cars mentioned here, but it still drives great and is a reliable model to choose if you are really stuck for your next small car. The cabin itself is simple but great to be in, and it’s fun to drive. You might not want it on the motorway but it runs around street and town roads very well. It also is good value for money, if you are looking for a cheaper option then you could choose an older model.