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Best cars

Best city cars

By Martin Pratt

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Perfect for nipping to the shops, the best city cars are easy to park, reliable and cheap to run. We’ve also rounded up our top used city cars.

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City cars, such as the Hyundai i10 and Fiat 500 may be the smallest cars on the road, but that shouldn't stop them from being comfortable, practical and good to drive.

A Best Buy city car will be all of those things – but it'll also be fuel-efficient, affordable to buy and run, and offer long-term reliability. And, of course, it'll be a breeze to park on crowded city streets.

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Below are the very best city cars we've tested - all bone fide Which? Best Buys that'll make urban excursions a pleasure.

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Best new city cars

Volkswagen e-Up
Typical price £20,888
Brand score 81%
Tested Jan 2014
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
5 out of 5
Handling & performance:
4 out of 5
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This diminutive electric car is surprisingly nippy and easy to drive. It has all the pedals you would find on a petrol or diesel car, an automatic gear lever and regular instruments, so driving shouldn't take too much getting used to. The electric engine won't get you too far between charges but you can't do much better than this model for nipping around town.

Best used city cars

Suzuki Splash (2008-2014)
Typical price £2,852
Brand score 79%
Tested Mar 2008
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
3 out of 5
Handling & performance:
4 out of 5
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There's a good range of engine options on this city car and as long as you avoid the 1-litre you'll have the perfect way to jet around town.

Toyota iQ (2008-2014)
Typical price £3,080
Brand score 76%
Tested Jan 2009
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
3 out of 5
Handling & performance:
3 out of 5
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This city car is one of the shortest cars on the market - less than three metres long. Somehow, though, it manages to squeeze four seats inside. The small size makes it perfect for weaving around town and into tight parking spots.

Mitsubishi i-Miev (2010-2015)
Typical price £5,769
Brand score 76%
Tested Jan 2011
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
4 out of 5
Handling & performance:
3 out of 5
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This diminuitive city car costs next to nothing to run and is a doddle to drive. It won’t do well over long distances though.

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