Suzuki Splash (2008-2014) review

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70%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: Which? Best Buy

It’s an accomplished city car that gets most things right, but avoid the weak 1.0-litre engine. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Spacious
  • Easy entry and exit
  • Simple controls
  • Safe handling
Cons
  • Weak 1.0-litre engine
  • Limited rear seat space
  • Small boot.

Toyota iQ (2009-2014) review

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67%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: A clever approach to urban motoring

This tiny city car has lots of innovative touches and does its job – namely being easy to drive and park in tight urban environs – nicely.

Pros
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Performed very well in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
Cons
  • Suspension is stiff
  • Very small boot
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Surprisingly fuel-thirsty

Mitsubishi i-Miev (2010-2015) review

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66%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Electric

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verdict: Charming but outdated now

Older electric vehicles (EVs) like this one have a very limited range, made worse by battery degredation. This car has some strong perks, but the bottom line is that more practical electric cars, with better ranges, are available.

Pros
  • Easy to drive and eerily quiet
  • Low day-to-day running costs
Cons
  • Long charging time
  • Limited range
  • Expensive

Kia Picanto (2011-2017) review

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66%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: An affordable all-round runabout

While the first-generation Picanto was cheap and rather basic, chosen mainly for its bargain price-tag (less than £5000 when originally bought under the government’s scrappage scheme, as many were), this 2011-launched model is more talented – though a little more expensive. It’s later life reliability and Kia’s seven-year warranty are also major attractions.

Pros
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Low prices
  • Nice styling
  • Roomy cabin
  • Good 3-8 year reliability
Cons
  • Small boot
  • Poor braking
  • Not particularly fuel-efficient

Smart ForTwo (2007-2014) review

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65%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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Which? verdict: One-trick pony

The Smart ForTwo is very much one-trick pony, with some important drawbacks – it’s well suited for city living, but not much else.

Pros
  • Surprisingly spacious up front
  • Low running costs
Cons
  • Meagre equipment
  • Terrible automatic gearbox
  • Uncomfortable ride

Toyota Aygo (2005-2014) review

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64%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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Which? verdict: Feels outdated now

It’s feeling rather outdated now compared to newer rivals in the city car class. Worryingly electronic stability control was only optional – if you do buy an Aygo, make sure you get one with this fitted.

Pros
  • Cheap to run
  • Easy to park
  • And ideal around town
Cons
  • Stability control only optional
  • Not terribly refined
  • Boot is tiny

Toyota Aygo (2014-) review

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63%

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  • City
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Characterful city car

Attention-grabbing looks, a quality cabin and reasonable road manners should spell a winning combination for Toyota’s tiny city car, but it’s let down by a poor Euro NCAP safety score and high carbon monoxide (CO) emissions in early, pre-facelift models, which originally meant a Don’t Buy rating, This has since been lifted as critical active safety kit is now available across the range, in the UK, following a model update in 2018.

Pros
  • Distinctive styling
  • Refined cabin
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Engine struggles at motorway speeds
  • Active safety kit unavailable or optional on earlier models

Smart forfour (2015-2019) review

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63%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Flawed in some areas

It’s a quirky city car, but flawed and more expensive than many rivals.

Pros
  • Well equipped
  • Charismatic cabin
  • Very manoeuvrable when parking
Cons
  • Cramped rear cabin
  • Very sluggish 1.0 engine
  • More expensive than rivals

Smart ForTwo (2015-2019) review

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63%

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  • City
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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Which? verdict: A bit of a let-down

It might be agile and easy to manoeuvre, but this Smart car is a bit of a letdown thanks to poor handling and stability, and falls a long way short of its own mpg claims.

Pros
  • Incredibly tight turning circle
  • Good level of equipment
  • Spacious interior
Cons
  • Poor directional stability
  • Not as economical as claimed
  • Uncomfortable ride

Hyundai i10 (2014-2020) review

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62%

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  • City
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 verdict: Cheap and cheerful

For a city car, the i10 is spacious, easy to get into and has a big boot, ticking all the right boxes for comfort and practicality. And this new i10 corners and drives better than the old model, although it lacks the entertaining drive of its best rivals. The engine line-up lacks power, too. We’d especially avoid the 1.0-litre petrol which is gutless out of town.

Pros
  • Easy to drive
  • Decent interior quality and front cabin space
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • 1.0-litre feels underpowered
  • Disappointing fuel economy

Vauxhall Adam (2012-2019) review

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61%

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verdict: Not fun to drive

Unfortunately, it is a case of all style and little substance. It’s not a great drive, with an uncomfortable firm ride and uninspiring steering. We think Vauxhall should have thought less about fashion and accessories and more about the fundamentals.

Pros
  • Funky styling
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Huge range of options
Cons
  • Dull to drive
  • Cramped rear seats and small boot
  • Fuel economy could be better

Peugeot 108 (2014-) review

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60%

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  • City
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: Cheap, characterful city car

Full of character, this city car has some strong features to commend it, and it’s cheap to buy and run. It’s easy to drive, with a nippy 1.2-litre petrol engine, although there’s not a lot of space in the back and it’s not immensely refined.

Pros
  • Easy to drive
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Nippy 1.2-litre
Cons
  • Limited rear space
  • Not very refined
  • Disappointing crash test score

Citroen C1 (2014-) review

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60%

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  • City
  • Available new
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 verdict: Cheap, charismatic city car

By city car standards, the C1 is nippy (in 1.2-litre form, at least) and easy to drive, with good ride comfort and a well-laid-out cabin. However, its wide turning circle is a surprise, and it’s pretty noisy. It’s spacious up front (if not in the rear) and its boot is a usable size.

Pros
  • <p>Very easy to drive
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Zippy 1.2-litre engine
  • Good long-term reliability</p>
Cons
  • Cramped in the back
  • Noisy
  • Unrefined

Vauxhall Adam Rocks (2014-2018) review

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59%

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verdict: Fun, but not relationship material

The regular Vauxhall Adam failed to impress us. It may have the looks, but it lacks practicality and good fuel economy, and is dull to drive. In contrast, the sporty Adam Rocks S we’ve tested is fun and agile. But the loudness, small boot and high fuel costs all combine to make a car that is enjoyable at first, but has no staying power.

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Doesn’t struggle on the open road
  • Good visibility and brakes
Cons
  • High fuel costs
  • Noisy
  • Small boot
  • Poor access to rear seats

Peugeot iOn (2011-2018) review

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58%

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  • City
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 verdict: Better EVs now around

The Peugeot iOn was one of the electric car pioneers, but its limited range and high (new) price are off-putting. Our measured range of 58 miles didn’t match Peugeot’s 93-mile claim, either. It looks rather peculiar and feels somewhat dated, too, with below-par crash protection.

Pros
  • Comfy and quick around town
  • Cheap day-to-day costs
  • Affordable second-hand
Cons
  • Poor crash protection
  • Short range
  • Limited abilities and practicality

Renault Twingo (2014-2019) review

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58%

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 verdict: Supremely usable in town

The Twingo is a practical and affordable city car, but not really suited to leaving the urban environment it was designed for. The turbocharged version is fantastic; it’s nippy enough to buzz through traffic, and is a doddle to manoeuvre. The tiny boot may put some people off, however.

Pros
  • Interior space
  • Tiny turning circle
  • Manoeuvrability
  • Really good visibility
Cons
  • Small boot
  • Fiddly access to battery compartment
  • Underpowered non-turbo engine

Peugeot 107 (2005-2014) review

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56%

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verdict: OK for around town

The Peugeot 107 city car is ideal for runaround duties, or for those without need for much space. It’s cheap to buy and run, surprisingly good to drive, and not too cramped inside. However, its boot is miniscule, its versatility and practicality rather limited, and its safety is behind the best in class.

Pros
  • Low running costs
  • Easy to drive and park
  • Quite comfy
Cons
  • Poor crash protection and security
  • Tiny boot

Fiat 500C (2009-) review

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56%

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  • City
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Fun, but with some flaws

The 500C is the ultimate in trendy city car street cred. However, you certainly pay for the privilege of having a convertible version.

Pros
  • Easy to drive
  • Spacious front cabin
  • Well-placed controls
Cons
  • Stability control not standard-fit
  • Poor rear view with roof down

Smart Fortwo EQ (2018-) review

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55%

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  • City
  • Available new
  • Electric

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 verdict: Great in town, very limited elsewhere

There are many likeable things about the Smart EQ Fortwo – such as its ultra-compact size, manoeuvrability and peppiness in town – but in practical terms it’s a challenge to live with. Not only is the boot tiny, but the very limited range also means it can only do short journeys. Poor brand reliability seals its fate as a Don’t Buy model.

Pros
  • Highly manoeuvrable
  • Lively urban performance
  • Cheap to recharge
Cons
  • Limited range
  • Poor ride
  • Tiny boot

Smart EQ Forfour (2020-) review

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55%

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  • City
  • Available new
  • Electric

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verdict: Far too many flaws

While the Smart EQ Forfour does appeal in some ways – it’s compact, manoeuvrable and peppy in town – in reality it’s a challenge to live with. The boot is tiny, rear seat space is very poor and the 62-mile range limits it to very short journeys only. As a result, it’s a Which? Don’t Buy.

Pros
  • Cheap to run
  • Highly manoeuvrable
  • Very easy to drive
Cons
  • Limited range
  • Poor ride comfort
  • Tiny boot and rear seat space