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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 - 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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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 (ask us for the latest stats). 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, (ask us for the latest stats). 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 - (ask us for the latest stats!) - with WLTP it is a bit more complex to explain.

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.

Fuel consumption is competitive too - ask us for the latest stats - depending on the model you're considering.

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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.

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, depending on the engine size you choose (and how you drive!) - please contact us for the latest stats on this one.

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 a good mpg rating (contact us for the exact figures)  and insurance wise you’ll be quids in with most models falling into insurance group 2 or 3.

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Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is a very smooth ride and easy to manoeuvre. Honda as a brand is known to be very reliable and easy to maintain. When a brand is considered reliable, it often means the re-sale value later on holds a good price.

With basic, medium range, top of the range and sporty versions, the Jazz has a sleek and streamlined look. The higher the spec, the more you get as standard on the model.

The Jazz comes in manual or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The CVT is like an automatic, but with the option of switching back to paddle-shift if you want a sportier drive. Jazz has a 5* Euro NCAP rating. Depending on the trim level you choose, there are lots of add on safety and driver assistance features and more technology. For example, even the base model has 'dusk sensing auto lights' so that you don't have to decide whether it's dark enough to switch your headlamps on, the car knows automatically!

Honda's patented 'magic seats' are really useful. The back seats can fold down flat for storing things like suitcases or boxes, or they can fold up the other way, so that you could stand up a bicycle in the rear passenger footwell for example.

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Suzuki Swift

Awarded Car Of The Year 2019 by 'Honest John' for its fuel efficiency, the Swift is light, yet powerful and handles well.

It is well equipped with technology so you can stay connected whilst on the road, listen to your favourite tunes and travel in safety and comfort with air-conditioning, sat nav and driver safety systems. There is a hybrid version in the trim range.

Want spoilers and alloy wheels? Get 'Attitude' - the special edition with sports styling.

The Swift comes with DAB digital radio, full connectivity with your smartphone through Apple Car Play or Android Auto (SZ-T and SZ5 models) and more space for everything you’ll need on your next adventure. The Swift is compact and light but has a bigger, more comfortable interior than ever before, including 265 litres of boot space. It’s a driving experience like no other - it's just fun!

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Suzuki Swift Sport

The Swift Sport is, as it says, more sporty. It takes the fun of driving a Swift and makes it more fun!

With enhanced styling features such as 17" alloy wheels, dual exhaust exits and sport seat upholstery it's really cool.

This super hot hatch has a 1.4 Boosterjet turbocharged engine, coupled with high torque, which ensures a very responsive drive.

Don't forget the tech - the sat nav system will get you where you want to be at the touch of a button. The Rear Parking Camera, when combined with adaptive cruise control and keyless entry/start system, guarantees a smoother drive. You can't travel without tunes, so our DAB Digital Radio and smartphone linkage display lets you take control of the entertainment as you take to the road.

Safety is not compromised for style in the Sport - air bags, ABS and ESP, side impact beams, tyre pressure monitoring, dual sensor brake support, lane departure warning.... the list goes on.

If you see yourself behind the wheel of the Suzuki Swift Sport, get in touch for a test drive!

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Suzuki Ignis

The little city car with 4x4 spirit!

'Honest John' has awarded the Ignis 'City Car Of The Year 2019'. With its chunky, compact style and sporty good-looks its a great choice.

There are 3 trim levels in the range: the SZ3, the SZ-T and the SZ5. The SZ5 now comes in a hybrid engine option.

You can make it your own by personalising the colour of everything from your interior door handles to the front grille. There's an option to have 16" alloy wheels and LED headlights and daytime running lights.

There's bags of technology to assist the driver and there's an option for ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive. There's some seriously effective safety equipment as standard.

Let's not forget the driver and passenger comfort and infotainment systems. You have the option for everything you need to keep you comfortable and listening to your favourite tunes on your journey.

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Renault Clio

The Renault Clio has been around for many years now and has always caught each new generation with its style and performance. Recently updated (2019/2020), it has a more dynamic look and striking C-shaped headlamps. You can make it your own with customisable options, including ambient lighting packs. Your Clio, Your Way!

The driver-focused 'smart cockpit' and up-to-the-minute touch screen technology means you can integrate your smart phone and all its functions into the car. Driver assistance and safety features use the latest technology to help make your journey safer on the road.

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Dacia Sandero

Dacia is a brand that belongs to the Renault Group and benefits from their experience and technology. The Dacia brand is synonymous with great value. Most of the range comes within a £10,000 budget. How do they do this? By keeping the range choice simple.

The Sandero is the supermini in the Dacia range. It is award winning and comes with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty which is extendable to as much as 7 years/100,000 miles for an additional cost.

The Sandero still has the latest technology in infotainment, driver assistance and safety systems.

Up your budget a little bit and the Sandero Stepway version is available - a cross between an SUV and hatchback style.

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A word about 'mpg' fuel economy figures...

The standard EU testing procedure for fuel consumption figures has now changed. It is much more dependent on the variant of the model you choose and the accessories that are fitted to the vehicle, like spoilers for example. Read a bit more about the new way of measuring fuel economy - WLTP - here. You can always give us a call if you want to find out details for a specific model.