February 5, 2013, 12:05am
Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0T EcoBoost, £16,045
It’s Britain’s best selling car for a reason. The Ford Fiesta is a great all-rounder and considered to be one of the most fun superminis to drive. It’s also sharp-looking and offers a good combination of attributes. The latest model is available with a three-cylinder 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, offering 0- 62mph in 9.4 seconds, 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km.
VW Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDI, £15,985
It may not be particularly chic but it’s a great buy for people who shop with their head as well as their heart. Less exciting to drive than some rivals, its combination of VW build quality, comfort and refinement make it a sensible choice. A super-frugal three-cylinder 74bhp diesel-powered Bluemotion version offers a massive 80.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 91g/km.
Fiat Panda Lounge 0.9 TwinAir, £11,250
Fiat’s latest Panda is something of a square peg in a round hole amongst this group, thanks to its unusual “squircular”, boxy styling. The 0.9-litre 85bhp two-cylinder TwinAir version has the potential to deliver 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. The engine note may not be to everyone’s taste – it sounds like a vintage motorcycle – but it is one of the most fun to drive.