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The definitive ranking of the best and worst small cars on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst small cars on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 12,000 new car reviews from 30 of the top motoring websites in the UK to produce our Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

Despite the explosion in SUV sales over the last few years, small hatchbacks are still the best-selling cars in the UK. Small cars can be divided into two categories, known as city cars and superminis. City cars are smaller and (usually) cheaper, and will often be three-door hatchbacks. Superminis are larger and are usually five-door hatchbacks.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is one of the most highly rated small cars in the UK, being regarded as great to drive – although reliability is a concern.

Volkswagen Up

Despite being on sale for nearly a decade, the Volkswagen Up is still one of the top-rated small cars according to our Expert Rating index.

Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia is a practical supermini and stand-out value-for-money package, but rivals have better interior quality.

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo has received generally good media reviews, with praise for its high levels of build quality and general refinement.

SEAT Ibiza

The SEAT Ibiza has received very positive media reviews, and is one of the highest-rated superminis on sale in the UK.

Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto has received an unusually broad variation of media review scores, ranging from "Best City Car" awards to "Don't Buy" recommendations.

Peugeot e-208

The Peugeot e-208 has received very positive UK media reviews and has won several awards - including European Car of the Year in 2020.

Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV has received positive reviews with praise for its quirky styling. It's decent to drive, with a good range compared to many electric cars.

Mini hatch

The Mini hatch generally gets very good reviews from the UK media, despite its advancing years, with high praise for its driving dynamics.

Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 has received positive media reviews, with praise for its interior quality, equipment levels and driving experience.

Peugeot 208

Media reviews for the Peugeot 208 have been positive, with praise for its design and build quality. However, poor ride and handling have been criticised.

Dacia Sandero

The new Dacia Sandero has been highly praised for its value for money, comfort and practicality. Unfortunately, its safety rating is poor.

Renault Clio

The initial reviews for the new Renault Clio have been broadly positive, with particular praise for its refinement and high-quality interior.

Honda e

The Honda e electric city car has been praised for its retro-futuristic styling and technology, but criticised for poor battery range.

Dacia Sandero Stepway

The Dacia Sandero Stepway offers immense value in a small car – but only if you can live with its very poor safety rating.

Fiat 500 Electric

The new Fiat 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are much better than the old model.

Toyota Yaris

The fourth-generation Toyota Yaris has a clever hybrid powertrain to maximise electric power, but the interior isn't as nice as some rivals.

Mini Clubman

The Mini Clubman has received generally positive scores from the UK motoring media, with fairly similar scoring for the Top-spec JCW model.