Not convinced?


Fiat Panda, from £8,900
Funky, with a rounded box theme (even the steering wheel is squircular), Fiat has added real character to its city car. It looks unlike anything else with a quirky, spacious interior. The 1.2-litre petrol engine lacks puff, so it could be better to go for the two-cylinder TwinAir version. Despite the car’s bigger size, the 225-litre boot is smaller than the one in the Mitsubishi.

Kia Picanto (five-door version), from £8,245
Kia’s Picanto model has been selling well – for good reason. It’s about as cheap as you can get for a cheerful city car, but it doesn't feel like it thanks to a smart and youthful-feeling cabin. Of the two petrol engines – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a four-cylinder 1.25-litre – the bigger is a little easier to drive if you want to go fast, though things get noisy in the cabin at higher speeds. At 200 litres, boot space is smaller.

VW Up (five-door version), from £8,560
Sure it may be smaller, but clever packaging means this award-winning Volkswagen Up has a bigger boot than the Mirage. It's surprisingly spacious in the back too. It is also cute and characterful, drives well and is economical. Inside it has a classy dash, in glossy black and chrome trim, which manages to be youthful, cool and smart. If you choose the top spec – the High Up – then you get a clever sat-nav box that snaps into the dash.