Your Dream Car - What To Choose?

This page contains some great suggestions of small, 'city' cars that are easier to handle and have cheaper insurance than larger models. They are also more economical on fuel and tax!

Volkswagen Up!

The VW Up! is a smart little car that’s nifty and fun to drive due to its light steering. Its tight turning circle makes the Up! easy to manoeuvre and it’s small enough to park in those small spaces when you're out and about. Built by Volkswagen, the Up! is a solid little car. You can personalise your car too as the Up! is available in a fantastic choice of colours.

The size of the Up! and its engine means that this car is one of the most efficient to buy - delivering an average 68.9 mpg* for when you want to go out and explore the world! The Up! is one of the cheapest cars to insure, falling into insurance Group 1 or 2, depending on the model you pick.

The Up! has got great 'infotainment' (that's stuff like sat nav, connectivity and music). Plus some basic driver assistance technology, like 'hill hold control'.

There are several different trim levels, with the Take Up! being the most basic model.

The Up! carries a 5 star Euro NCAP rating, which means it has been built to the best safety standard.

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Volkswagen Polo

If you’re looking for a smart supermini that's roomy and reliable, then the VW Polo could be a smart choice. The latest model is stylish and comes with 5 doors as standard making it practical too! The cabin is roomy up front and there’s plenty of space to fit 3 of your mates in the back as well. The boot space beats most of its rivals at 351 litres.

There is loads of great tech in the Polo - with Apple 'CarPlay', Google 'Android Auto', and 'MirrorLink' available, you can mirror your smartphone display on the infotainment touch-screen via USB connection. How clever is that!

Plus, plenty of driver assistance & safety features - Start/Stop, Hill Hold Control, Airbags, Forward Collision Detection – all of this and more come as standard, with loads of extras available too. Polo is 5 star Euro NCAP rated.

The Polo comes in 7 different trims and 7 different engines. There is a GTI version, but remember, super-duper power means super-high insurance. Why not groove it up instead with the 'Beats' version, which has the 300 watt 'Beats' Audio System?

We think that the Polo offers great value for money and low running costs due to its efficient engines and low insurance group.

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SEAT Mii

If you’re looking for a city car with style and substance – the SEAT Mii is definitely a contender – especially with a bit of Spanish flair thrown in.

The Mii is surprisingly practical with plenty of room for four.The boot is a decent size at 241 litres plus it has a double layered floor, which means you can squirrel away your shopping and it will be hidden from view.

Looking to stand out from the crowd, there’s a range of bright colours to choose from.The Mii is easy and fun to drive with a 1.0 Engine which gives a decent amount of power. Fuel economy is good at 64.2mpg** combined cycle. The Mii has a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.

In terms of insurance, many Mii models fall into the Group 1 insurance, making it a fantastic choice for a first car.

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SEAT Ibiza

Did you know that SEAT is part of the VW Group? It now benefits from VW technology. This stunning little cool hatch from Spain has recently had a makeover and has a fantastic amount of kit as standard. It’s an agile, nifty drive.

The Ibiza is packed with tech - including DAB radio, air-con, USB port, Bluetooth, and steering wheel mounted controls, as standard. If you’re seriously into your music you can upgrade to the SEAT Sound System with six speakers, a bass box and extra amplifier. You'll never want to get out!

The Ibiza has a range of trim levels to suit all budgets and offers good fuel economy, depending on the model, from 47-80 mpg.** Insurance levels will vary depending on the engine size and other factors of the trim level you choose. The entry level model is the 'S'.

The Ibiza range has a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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ŠKODA Citigo

Choose the ŠKODA Citigo and you will be amazed at the amount of room inside. Not only plenty of leg and head room for passengers, but plenty of boot space too - 951 litres with the rear seats down.

If you’re looking for a safe and economical car to drive, then the Citigo could be for you. It has great visibility and is light and agile to handle. Starting in Group 1 insurance.

The mpg is impressive - with combined cycle at : 64.2 (4.4) – 68.9 (4.1)***

Trim levels include 3 and 5 door versions. The safety rating is 5 star Euro NCAP. ŠKODA is part of the VW group and again is benefitting from the group's technological expertise.

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ŠKODA Fabia Hatchback

The ŠKODA Fabia is the next size up from the Citigo. This award winning small car has a spacious interior and top class infotainment. With a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating, it has 6 airbags, stability control and tyre pressure monitoring as standard. There is the option to add on a nifty bit of kit which applies the brakes should you get too close to the car in front.

There's plenty of space for friends & family, room for 3 passengers in the back. There's also plenty of room in the boot - 330 litres - think camping gear, loads of shopping, sports stuff.....

There are 7 trim levels in the range, with S being the most basic. Fabia boasts a great personalisation programme, with a great colour system so that you can choose the body trim, roof and wing mirror colours yourself.

Some stats - Official fuel consumption for the ŠKODA FABIA range in mpg (litres/100km): Urban 47.9 (5.9) - 64.2 (4.4); Extra Urban 64.2 (4.4) - 78.5 (3.7); Combined 57.6 (4.9) - 70.6 (4.0). CO2 emissions for the ŠKODA FABIA range are 112 - 101 g/km.

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Citroën C1

It’s no wonder that the C1 is so popular with new drivers. It’s smart, funky and affordable.The styling is fresh and fun with some great colour combinations inside and out and bi-tone roof colours in some options.The Airscape soft-top model allows you to feel the wind in your hair with its retractable roof - (without convertible insurance prices!)

For those of you who like a bit of tech - there’s a smart connecting box, Bluetooth and USB set up on some models, a nice 7-inch colour touchscreen on the mid-range Feel model and alloys, and reversing camera on the top price Flair model.Can’t be bad! Look out for occasional special editions like the Furio. These tend to offer a great range of add-ons at a good price.

The stop/start technology helps keep C02 emissions down and gives you a decent fuel economy of 74.3 mpg.**

Boot capacity is 780 litres and there are several driver assistance technologies, like reversing sensors, to help you drive smarter. The Euro NCAP safety rating is 4 star.

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Citroën C3

The All New C3 combines small and chic.  The New C3 has 5 doors as standard and is a fun to drive, with plenty of room for 3 passengers in the back. The cocoon like feel when you sit inside is very cosy and comfortable.

The C3's new shape makes it look like an SUV, but a smaller, supermini version. The C3 is available in 9 body colours with a choice of 3 roof colours giving a grand total of 36 colour combinations! Add to this Citroën’s 'Airbump' panels which look stylish but are in place to protect the car from everyday bumps and dings.

The ConnectedCAM Citroën™ on C3 means you can film spectacular scenery, unusual locations and cityscape by using a camera fitted behind the rear-view mirror to film what the driver sees through the car windscreen. It provides a video log of your everyday driving experiences: - Just click to take a photo and share it on social media. The camera films and stores what’s happening in front of you, so it could also provide valuable information in the event of an accident. But be careful to concentrate on the road ahead!

It's got 300 litres of boot space. With plenty of new technology and driver assistance features, the Citroën C3 has been awarded a 4 star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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Kia Picanto

The Picanto is a brilliant compact car with an industry leading 7 year warranty. That means that any mechanical fault that goes wrong with the car during the first 7 years of its life will be taken care of by Kia. There are some T&Cs, but that means parts and labour costs are covered.
The Picanto looks sporty and is attractive, spacious and excellent value for money. It's a nifty drive about town with a range of three and four cylinder engines. Insurance costs should put a smile on your face as well – as the Picanto starts in Group 2 insurance. Fuel consumption is good too, with up to 64.2mpg** (combined) depending on the engine size you choose (and how you drive!).

The Kia Picanto has a 3 star safety rating. It has a full range of driver assistance and safety technology as standard and some other optional extras. For example, the base model "1" has air bags, anti-lock braking system and tyre pressure monitoring, but autonomous emergency braking is an optional extra (but it comes as standard on the higher spec "3" or "X-Line"). You may want to consider which spec and options to choose as this can affect the price you pay for your insurance.

Back to the fun bit.... the Picanto range has lots of up-to-the-minute technology for your tunes. Music, Bluetooth and USB points are all taken care of, and on higher grades, lots more infotainment stuff!

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Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is looking better than ever in its third generation re-work. Offering excellent value, safety and reliability along with Kia’s unrivalled 7 year warranty – this hatchback is the next model up, size-wise, from the Picanto.

There's a range of engine sizes, all with manual transmission. The Euro NCAP safety rating is 3 star, with good driver assistance technology as standard, and optional extra safety features possible, depending on the trim level. There is plenty of space inside for passengers and luggage and bags of infotainment technology to enjoy as you drive along - Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports.

The entry level 1.0 litre model delivers 58.8 mpg** and insurance wise you’ll be quids in with most models falling into insurance group 2 or 3.

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*Fuel consumption on combined cycle.  Based on Move up! 1.0 60PS S/S 5spd 3dr Manual. This information should be used for illustration purposes only. Standard EU Test figures for comparison purposes, may not reflect real driving results.

**Official fuel consumption according to EU Directive 99/94 for comparison purposes only and may not reflect real driving results.

***Standard EU Test figures are for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Depending on your chosen wheel size, different efficiency figures for CO2 emissions and fuel consumption will apply. Please refer to the Citigo brochure for more information.