Cargiant's Top 5 Superminis
Despite the rise in SUV sales, superminis are still as popular as ever, in fact almost every manufacturer makes at least one small car. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to decide which one to go for, so we’ve put together a run-down of Cargiant’s top 5 superminis.
The iconic Italian supermini went through a revival in 2007 after it ceased production in the 70s. It retained many features of the lovable original car, including the striking ‘bug like’ headlights, singular circle dashboard dial and slopping rear. The new 500 is available with a range of features including leather seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, parking sensors, climate control and so on, depending on the specification of the car.
Under the bonnet, the majority of Fiat 500’s are fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, capable of over 58mpg and only £20 or £30 road tax*. This is available with both manual and automatic transmission.
The Toyota AYGO is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a cheap to run, reliable town and city run-around. The AYGO features a 1.0-litre petrol engine which can be combined with both manual and automatic gearboxes, returning well in excess of 65mpg and £0 road tax*.
The majority of AYGO’s feature Bluetooth, air conditioning and cruise control and features such a reserve camera, alloy wheels, leather seats and sat nav are available in higher spec vehicles. All our stock of Toyota AYGO’s are ULEZ compliant
The Ford Fiesta has been the UK’s best-selling car for the past 10 years. It’s no surprise when you consider it’s spacious, brilliantly built, reliable and generously equipped. The majority of Fiesta’s feature alloy wheels, air conditioning and Bluetooth as standard with a leather interior, heated seats, sat nav, cruise control and other options available through the range.
In 2012, Ford first installing their 1.0 EcoBoost engines into the Fiesta. These are available in three different power outputs, 100PS, 125PS and 140PS, all capable of 57+ mpg and a maximum of £30 road tax*. Diesel and other petrol engines are also available.
The Volkswagen Polo is a small hatchback that has been with us since 1975 and keeps getting better with age. The Polo is the smaller sibling to VW’s incredibly successful Golf and features the same drive quality that makes the larger car such a hit. Its range of petrol and diesel engines are smooth, powerful and efficient.
The Polo is very generously equipped; even the lower spec SE models feature alloy wheels, air conditioning and Bluetooth as standard. Moving higher through the range, you can find sat nav leather seats, cruise control, parking sensors and much more.
When you think of small cars, you cannot miss the Mini, even the name says everything. The iconic British Mini started out life as a tiny 3 door hatchback but has evolved into a 5-door car, convertible, hot hatch, SUV, Clubman estate and even a sporty coupe.
Throughout the range, you can choice from a manual or automatic gearbox to work alongside a range of petrol and diesel engines. The Mini is reliable, great fun to drive and spacious inside with every feature you can think of available in at least one specification.
*Road tax prices are for pre-April 17 models