Navigating through tight side roads and into compact parking spaces can be a difficult job for some cars on the market. However, specific cars have been developed to tackle the urban jungle so that driving in the city is a pleasurable experience rather than a stressful one. We have compiled a list of the best city cars on offer at our dealership:
The iconic little Fiat car came back with a bang in 2007. Since its relaunch, the 500 has gone from strength to strength offering a range of modern customisation options from bi-tone exterior colours to accessories and decals that let the driver show off their true personality. It is also available as a convertible (Fiat 500C).
Instantly recognisable, the Fiat 500 has been brought into the 21st Century in all aspects from design and dimensions to technology and engine efficiency. The 500 is available with a 5" touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. City driving can often mean sitting in traffic for long periods of time; Fiat have developed energy efficient engines to produce less than 100g/km of CO2 and over 60.1mpg as a minimum.
Only on sale since 2013, the Adam has made a big impression in the city car category. With its compact dimensions of under 3.7 metres long and 1.72 metres wide, the Vauxhall Adam is agile and responsive to provide a fantastic urban driving experience.
Vauxhall's 3-door city car is available in ten different body paints with the option to create a two-tone look with an optional roof pack. The Adam is also available with Vauxhall's pioneering OnStar technology which provides connectivity and in-car access to an advisor 24/7 and 365 days a year for emergency assistance. Adam has a wide range of engine options from an economical 1.2i 70PS engine to a sportier 1.4i 100PS engine.
The 108 is an upgraded version of the Peugeot 107 that has been in production since 2014. Peugeot's city car is flexible and versatile so that it can appeal to a wider range of drivers. It is available in three-door and five-door as well as convertible.
The Peugeot 108 is a stylish compact city car that is available in a number of colours and personalisation options. The main benefit to the 108 is Peugeot's Just Add Fuel® package which includes three years insurance, warranty, servicing, car tax and roadside assistance in one monthly payment. This means that all you need to do add fuel because everything else is covered.
Peugeot have developed award-winning engines the provide excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions alongside an energetic drive and performance.
Renault's city car is innovative and stylish. Currently in its third generation, the Twingo has reduced 10cm in exterior length, but gained 33cm in interior length to provide greater room for passengers. This has been achieved by moving the engine to the back of the car. You might think this would impact the Renault Twingo's boot space, but it is still able to carry loads up to 2.3 metres.
The Twingo, like many of the other city cars on this list, is highly customisable so that you can really show off your personality. There are a total of ten body colours to choose from with additional touch packs to personalise the front grille, side door strips and door mirrors. The interior is similarly customisable where you can place your individual touch on the, centre console surround and steering wheel inserts.
Available in eight different body colours from Blue Lagoon to Lipizzan White, the Citroën C1 encourages you to experiment with contrasting and daring colours with its bi-tone roof colour options.
The C1 offers a range of models from three-door and five-door to convertible so there is bound to be a C1 that is right for you. Citroën have also introduced a new special edition which brings a sporty style to the lineup.
Citroën also offer Simply Drive which provides three years insurance, servicing, tax, warranty and breakdown cover for a single fixed monthly fee. With this scheme you will only need to fill your C1 with fuel.
The Corsa has been part of the Vauxhall setup for over three decades and is currently the second best selling car of 2016 with over 65,000 registrations already. It is a versatile small car that is available in three-door and five-door configuration as well as nine different model specifications from the standard Sting version to the sporty VXR line.
Vauxhall Corsa comes equipped with a range of driver assistance features such as lane departure warning and traffic sign assist. It provides drivers with a high quality interior and low running costs thanks to a range of engines including its new high power low thirst three-cylinder 1.0 turbo engines.
DS Automobiles officially launched in 2010 with the DS 3 with the whole DS range given a facelift in 2016 to replace the Citroën badge with the DS logo. The DS 3 is a stylish three-door car that has been designed for the fashion conscious with a distinctive front grille, lively LED lighting and plenty of personalisation options. You have a choice of eleven body colours from Sport Yellow to Whisper Purple, all of which are available with different roof colours.
The DS 3 is packed full of features that to make your everyday life easier such as a folding centre arm rest with storage, a 285-litre boot and a 7" touchscreen infotainment system that is simple and intuitive to keep you connected. It is also available in convertible form, but not in five-door.
The Micra is a city specialist that has been in production since 1982. It is currently in its fourth generation (and preparing to release its fifth generation in 2017) that is a joy to drive around town with its tight turning circle and nimble handling.
It is packed with clever technologies such as NissanConnect with Bluetooth capabilities to ensure that you can stay connected wherever you're driving. The Nissan Micra has a USB port so that you can control your music and playlist via the 5.8" colour touchscreen.
Despite being a small city car, the Micra is designed with flexible seating and storage solutions. The 60:40 split means it can easily carry small items of furniture or lots of luggage for your holiday.
The 595 is the starting point for anyone wanting to enter the world of Abarth. Its compact design and high performance engines provide a thrilling driving experience that is like no other car on this list. The Abarth 595 range has three levels of performance from 145HP to 180HP and it is packed with technology that guarantees greater performance.
Only available in three-door form, the 595 also comes as a convertible. This sporty compact car has fabric sports seats, aluminium pedals and a 5" Uconnect touchscreen system as standard with controls integrated into the steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Sandero is the largest car in terms of size on this list, but it is also the cheapest, starting at just £5,995. You might be thinking that because it is so cheap, it is poorly made. However, the Sandero is available with a number of big car features including a touchscreen, rear parking sensors and air conditioning on higher specification models.
There is ample room for five adults in the Dacia Sandero which also boasts a 320-litre boot. It features a new state-of-the-art TCe petrol engine for exceptional fuel economy of 56.5 mpg. For anyone seeking ultimate fuel efficiency, Dacia's 1.5 dCi 90 diesel engine only produces 99 g/km of CO2 and is internationally acclaimed for its 74.3 mpg.