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Best Small Cars and Our Expert Review

Whether you’re looking for a small all-rounder vehicle to get from A to B, or are looking for your very first car, there are many small cars available on the market for you to choose from, with a wide range of price points.

As a used car dealer, we stock an impressive range of used cars to suit all styles, lifestyles and budgets, with a great selection of some of the best small cars favoured throughout the UK, from the likes of the Seat Ibiza to the Audi A1.

In this guide, we explain some of the best small cars on the market this year, along with our expert review on these top favourites to make your decision much easier.

Volkswagen Polo

Voted best small car of the year by What Car?, the premium yet affordable Polo is a great choice; featuring high-quality plastics on the dash, rear tinted glass, an intuitive infotainment system and alloy wheels - you can’t go wrong. Volkswagen offers many levels of trim to choose from - all the way from base spec all the way up to the GTI version for those that want a more entertaining driving experience.

The Polo has always been a low-cost entry point to motoring, yet retaining the quality of more executive brands. This means that you’ll be paying less money for insurance and very low road tax whilst returning a respectable average of 41-50 miles per gallon - depending on the engine you choose. Available in diesel and petrol, you’ll have no worries about finding the right engine to suit your needs.

Although small, the Polo is a very practical car. With 351 litres of boot space, you will always have plenty of room for shopping trips or long-distance journeys. The Polo is offered in either 3 or 5 door configuration, both with Isofix mounts available for child seats. The dashboard features several storage spaces and a good-sized glovebox.

Ford Fiesta

It would be criminal to put together a list of the best small cars, and not include the UK’s best selling car. The Ford Fiesta is great fun to drive and with its narrow body and short length, the Fiesta is an easy one to park and squeeze into tight spots. 

Low fuel consumption is one of the greatest advantages of the Ford Fiesta, with it providing excellent fuel economy and affordable road tax. There are plenty of diesel and petrol engines available, so you’ll be sure to find the Fiesta best suited to your needs.

Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is an affordable and practical small hatchback, available in many trim levels including an all-electric version - the Corsa E; it is a great choice for those in the market for a small hatchback. With a recent, fresh facelift version it is a modern and quirky alternative to other brands available.

The Corsa has agile and sporty handling and has all of the creature comforts that you could need. Cruise control, GPS and reversing sensors are a few on the long list of extras that you can configure with the Corsa, along with a solid choice of engine variants (diesel, electric and petrol). With just over 300 litres of boot space, Isofix mounts in the rear and a reasonable average of 51.8mpg, you will have plenty of practicality available to suit every day trips and also long journeys.

Seat Ibiza

The Seat Ibiza is able to replicate the quality of other more expensive brands with its good build quality, reliability character whilst retaining the perks of being a smaller city car - low price, cheap to run and good practicality.

It’s reliable, affordable and extremely stylish which is why it’s known as one of the best small cars on the market. Despite being small in size, the Seat Ibiza is spacious inside and has a variety of refined engines available.

The Seat Ibiza, unlike other cars, can seriously hold its value making it an excellent long-term car choice which delivers much bigger savings over time and when you plan to eventually move on to another car.

Audi A1

The Audi A1 encompasses style and provides an enjoyable driving experience with a smooth ride and tidy handling. The spacious A1 even has plenty of space for two full-size adults to sit comfortably in the back. The great news for long-term owners is that the Audi A1 offers a very slow rate of depreciation, so you won’t be losing out on much value in the time the car is in your ownership.

Known as the smallest car that Audi offers, the A1 is injected with all the main features that Audi lovers have grown to love over the years. The model boasts a high-tech engine with impressive features, including an advanced infotainment system, Google satellite mapping and live traffic updates available through the high-resolution display. 

Kia Rio

If their 7-year warranty hasn’t already sold you, we know the excellent features and high specifications of the Kia Rio might win you over. With a user-friendly infotainment system, excellent fuel economy and an attractive and comfortable cabin for long journeys, the Kia Rio is known for its reliability and ease of use. 

As a well-rounded small car, the Kia Rio is fantastic value for money with fuel economy ranging from 41.5 - 48.7 mpg. Some of the top features include electronic stability control, brake assist system, vehicle stability management and hill start assist control.

Choose Your Perfect Small Car With Parkland Motors

Looking at buying your next car? Well, you’ve come to the perfect place. We stock an impressive range of used cars to suit all styles, lifestyles and even budgets. If you’re still not sure about which make suits you, then you’ll be pleased to know that we have over 300 used cars in stock at any time, and full dealership facilities.

Here at Parklands Motors, we pride ourselves in making your buying process easy and hassle-free. For your peace of mind, all of our vehicles come with a minimum of 8 months MOT, up to date oil service, and also go through a rigorous 85-point pre-delivery inspection prior to the collection/delivery of the vehicle. 

We are more than happy to talk you through your small car requirements and help you find the best car to suit you. Contact us today for more information on our cars and services.