Best city cars for 2013

There is a huge influx of choice when it comes to picking the right city car from today’s market. So those looking for such a vehicle, whether it’s for regular city drives or just to make that first easy step into motoring, you can enjoy today’s top ten – the best city cars on sale for 2013.

Seat Mii

Since hitting the market earlier this year during summer 2012, the Seat Mii has received many plaudits from motoring experts nationwide. This is because the Mii has proven to be a reliable and dependable city car which is easy to drive and impressively practical even with its size.

The Seat Mii features some sensible and refined styling for the exterior and interior but also some outlandish paint jobs for the bodyshell to make it stand out from the crowd.

Engine options for the Seat Mii comprise of two frugal 1.0-litre petrol engines with power outputs of either 59bhp or 74bhp.

The equipment list for the Seat Mii is certainly respectable, with standard features on the basic trim including four airbags, remote locking and a CD player with MP3 connectivity.

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Vauxhall Adam

The brand new Vauxhall Adam city car will go on sale across the UK, including at Perrys Vauxhall Dealerships, starting from February 2013. Prices will start from £11,255.

This car has been hotly anticipated since its first reveal as it looks set to become one of the most stylish and trendy small cars for the modern market.

Enhancing this styling appeal further is the huge range of customisation options customers will receive amongst all three trim levels.

Each Adam sold could be distinctly different in appearance thanks to the list of exterior and interior options for colours in areas including the body paint, interior trims and even options for the wheel design and more.

The engine list for the Vauxhall Adam comprises of three petrol units, a 69bhp 1.2-litre unit and two 1.4-litre units offering 86bhp and 99bhp. More powerful engine options could potentially follow later on during 2013.

Fiat 500

The stylish three-door Fiat 500 is available as both a hard top city car and compact convertible.

The hatchback version remains a popular entry for motorists’ thanks not only to the desirable retro styling, but the accessible engine range.

Certain models in the Fiat 500 range feature the award-winning 0.9-litre TwinAir turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 85bhp and emits just 90g/km in CO2, which makes the car exempt from road tax.

Other engines on offer with the Fiat 500 include a basic 1.2-litre petrol engine with 69bhp and fuel-saving stop-start engine technology.

Standard equipment on the Fiat 500 includes a CD/Radio player with MP3 support and electric door mirrors, whilst higher-end specifications can add Bluetooth, climate control and sport seats.

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Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo is a solid option for a city car, with a decent level of practicality and a limited but punchy engine range.

There are two petrol engines sold with the Twingo, a basic and dependable 1.2-litre unit with 74bhp. Step up to the RenaultSport Twingo however and you’ll get your hands on a 131bhp 1.6-litre unit.

While the Twingo is undoubtedly a small city car, it’s smartly packaged so that passengers should find both head and leg-room plentiful, while the seats can be shifted forward to create extra luggage space.

The basic-trim Twingo comes with quite a few bits of luxury kit which are normally reserved for high-end models when it comes to city cars. The list includes air conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels.

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Peugeot 107

The Peugeot 107 is one of the more experienced contenders on the city car market but remains worthy of consideration to buyers.

Available as a three or five-door model, the affordable 107 has a smart interior featuring a CD/Radio player and cloth seat trim as standard on basic Access models. Move up to the Active or Allure specifications and you can get more including air conditioning, front electric windows and alloy wheels on specifically the top range.

The 107 also has many useful safety features such as cornering stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution coupled with anti-lock brakes.

The engine for the 107 range is a simple but effective 68bhp 1.0-litre petrol unit connected to a five-speed manual gearbox.

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Citroen C1

The Citroen C1 is one of the older competitors in today’s city car market but still one of the better options available. Furthermore the C1, like its production counterpart the Peugeot 107, received a facelift in early 2012 to keep new cars refreshed with a modern look.

Available with three or five doors, the Citroen C1 has lots of similar features to the Peugeot 107, which shouldn’t be surprising given they share the same production platform.

The C1 therefore also shares the small but competent 1.0-litre petrol engine which delivers 68bhp, and is connected to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine also emits 99g/km meaning the car is exempt from Road Tax.

The Citroen C1 also shares virtually the same equipment list as the 107 and has pretty much the same interior features. Expect therefore to find features including a CD/Radio player and cloth seat trim standard, while higher-end trims get air conditioning and alloy wheels.

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Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark brings a more aggressive approach to the city car segment with its different type of body style which was purposely designed to separate it from other, more ‘cute’ city cars.

It comes in either a three-door or five-door bodystyles, while engines on offer include a 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.2-litre unit with 79bhp.

The Chevrolet Spark also comes with a CD player, front electric windows and central locking as standard equipment. Higher-end specifications add more including 14″ alloy wheels, a trip computer and steering wheel audio controls.

An advantage the Chevrolet Spark carries over the majority of other five-door city cars is it has a lot more space in both the cabin and potentially the boot as well with the rear seats folded.

Every new Chevrolet Spark model also comes with a great 60,000 mile comprehensive warranty and one year’s roadside assistance.

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Ford Ka

The three-door Ford Ka is a city car which offers a more personal approach compared next to many rival models.

With a large array of bright colour finishes to choose from the Ka is fairly customizable. Depending on which specification you choose the Ka’s interior can also be decked out with a generous number of gadgets.

The Ka is also equipped with a rather handy hill side assist, which will prove crucial on city roads.

Engines meanwhile include a choice between a 67bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 74bhp 1.3-litre diesel, which are both well suited for driving through town.

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Kia Picanto

The neatly-designed Kia Picanto is available as three and five-door city car and offers buyers a classy cabin and an appealing seven-year warranty attached.

Engine options for the latest Picanto include a 68bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and an 84bhp 1.25-litre petrol. The 1.0-litre unit is impressively efficient, returning 67mpg on the combined cycle and it emits just 99g/km in CO2, meaning exemption from Road Tax.

Standard equipment on the Kia Picanto includes a CD/Radio player, electric front windows and remote locking. Higher-end specifications add extra luxuries including alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a MP3 socket.

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Nissan Pixo

The Nissan Pixo is one of the cheapest new city cars available on the UK market, certainly the lowest priced in this top ten.

If that wasn’t appealing enough the Pixo also offers an engine and an equipment range capable of competing with more expensive rivals in the city car sector.

The single engine available for the Nissan Pixo is a 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol unit which should suit the conditions typically found when driving through town. On Visia and N-Tec specifications and the standard manual gearbox the Pixo also emits just 99g/km, meaning exemption from paying Road Tax.

Standard equipment includes a CD player and a space saver spare wheel, while mid to top-range specifications bring air conditioning, alloy wheels and front electric windows.

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