Owning a supercar is one thing – but let’s be honest, is there any point in spending so much when you live in a big and bustling city? There are some famous neighborhoods in London where you might spot the odd Ferrari or Lamborghini, of course. But the reality for most of us is we need to consider the basics of driving in the city, such as parking, maneuvering, and avoiding bumps and scrapes.
With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the best city cars available right now. While they might not have the pull of the McLaren F1 or the power of the Porsche 911 GT2, they are a great compromise between style and practicality.
Skoda has transformed themselves in the past couple of decades. And the Citigo is the perfect example of how far they have progressed. Even the likes of AutoExpress are big fans of this super slick and compact Citigo. In fact, it has topped the charts for best city car for the last four years. The Skoda Citigo is packed full of comfort and entertainment on the inside, while the engine is surprisingly efficient. Go for the high powered GreenTech version, and you’ll get 74bhp and a whopping 67.3 mpg.
The Renault Twingo is not perfect, but if you are looking for a nippy little motor that gets you around town, there is much to love. A quick look over at a 2011 model at Hilton Garage reveals there have been some upgrades to the 2016 version. For the engine, the SCe 70 version is smooth but slightly undercooked. If you want a little more zip, we suggest going for the turbocharged Tce 90. Other than that, you can expect a fresh, modern interior and fantastic fuel economy.
The Toyota Aygo is something of beauty when it comes to small compact cars. The simple truth is that there is little room for design in compacts, which is why so many small city cars look the same. However, Toyotas have been bold with the Aygo – and it’s a great car to drive, too. It’s light, accurate, and it’s got amazing fuel efficiency – 69 mpg according to the manufacturer.
While the Suzuki Celerio might not suit motorway driving, it’s near on perfect for cities. In fact, we reckon it should be on the shortlist for anyone looking for a compact. Sure, the interior could do with a little improvement, but it has incredible fuel efficiency and even the base cars get alloy wheels and DAB radio.
Finally, let’s take a look at the SEAT Mii. Nothing is setting the world alight regarding design or speed, but or city driving, it’s hard to beat. Again, there is brilliant fuel economy to admire, but it’s the handling that impresses the most. So, while you might not be breaking acceleration records, you will be having a lot of fun.