Best city cars

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Best city cars

By Martin Pratt

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Perfect for nipping to the shops, these Best Buy city cars are easy to park, reliable and cheap to run. For bargain hunters we’ve also rounded up our top used city slickers.

City cars may be the smallest cars on the road, but that doesn'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.

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

Typical price £22,605
Brand score 81%
Tested Jan 2014
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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

Typical price £3,146
Brand score 79%
Tested Mar 2008
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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.

Typical price £2,969
Brand score 76%
Tested Jan 2009
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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.

Typical price £5,360
Brand score 76%
Tested Jan 2011
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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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