Top 8 Small Cars of 2012
It’s a total classic and the car I drive. In first place, the Fiat 500. It is probably one of the most expensive fashion accessories anyone can own, but with its cute size, nippy engine and beautiful convertible roof on the ‘C’ versions, it’s an economical car that’s fun to drive. Even the most basic version comes with an MP3-compatible stereo, power assisted steering and electric mirrors.
The Mazda 2 is a sporty looking alternative to the long runners in the small car category; like the Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa (not part of my list). In my opinion, it’s definitely one of the best looking in the small car category and unlike the 500, it comes in both a three-door or five-door too.
Unlike the original 1959 Mini, today’s BMW produced MINI is an expensive premium car in the small car category. Good looking and stylish, the only thing that lets it down is how common they are on the road and how expensive they are to buy. With that said, it hasn’t stopped motorists choosing a MINI over many of the other small cars on the market today!
Skoda’s Fabia is under-represented in my opinion. Obviously now part of the VW family, Skoda are still trying to shed their previous bad reputation, but these little superstars are solid and dependable cars. It’s definitely not the most stylish of the cars on here, but in terms of reliability and functionality, the Fabia wins it for me.
VWs are one of my favourite car brands. If you’re looking for German engineering in a compact car, look no further than the Volkswagen Polo. With a beautiful shape, interior and a good price, the only downfall with the Polo is the mediocre driving experience.
In 2010, Suzuki gave their Swift a little update to improve the interior and exterior. With amazing price reductions currently in place, the Suzuki Swift is excellent to drive with loads of passenger space too. The boot is small but its economical running costs make up for this ten-fold.
Ford’s trusty Fiesta is STILL in production. It’s brand new look has been popular with consumers since 2008. Its stylish and sporty design made it an instant hit, but the Fiesta’s real selling point is its economical running costs.
Finally, the Hyundai i10 is a simple small car option for anyone who just wants to get from a to b. It’s super easy to drive and the dashboard is beautifully laid out. The actual cost to buy is probably as low as new cars get, so all in all a really good budget-level car.