If you live or work in a city, you'll have specific requirements for a car to make life that little bit easier and more comfortable.

Good job that Swansway Group has plenty of the best city cars on offer.

You’ll want the best city car that’s easy to park, yet fun to drive on the urban streets that can be very busy, often narrow and always a challenge. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, why not investigate our list of the best family cars?


The SEAT Mii has a charming name and adorable looks to go with it. At first glance, you’ll find it’s a definite challenger for title of the best small city car but take a look inside and you’ll discover it’s roomier than you think. With a low price tag and low running costs, this is one of the best small cars if you’re on a budget. You’ll also save on insurance costs as the entry level Mii has a group 1 rating, and even the top-of-the-range Mii Cosmopolitan has just a group 4 rating, making it a great choice for best low insurance car, too!

If you car share, you’ll find the SEAT Mii one of the best city cars for adult passengers. For a small car, you get quite a bit of storage too. You’ve got a reasonably sized boot but fold the back seats down and you’ll get a 951 litre load area – much more than other cars in its class.

side view of a white seat mii

Volkswagen up!

You can probably tell by the quirky name, that the Volkswagen up! is going to be a fun drive, but it’s also very practical. It’s another of the best small city cars, but not as small as some so you won’t feel cramped in the VW up! While there isn’t a huge amount of boot space, there’s still plenty of room for the kids… and all of their gadgets and gear!

If you mostly drive in the city, but you also get further afield now and again, then the VW up! is likely to suit you well as it’s pretty versatile. It has a tight turning circle, making it ideal for negotiating the city traffic. It’s also easy to park.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of the up! as with most on our list of best city cars, is the fuel economy, often an important factor when considering what car to buy– making it a wise choice if you’re looking for a new car with low running costs.

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Red Volkswagen UP exterior side view parked

Peugeot 208

If you need a decent sized boot for work equipment or your leisure kit, or if you’ve got kids you need to taxi around, then you’ll need a car that’s practically sized but still well suited to city driving. The Peugeot 208 fits this bill well and for this reason makes our list of best city cars.

Unlike many other of the best city cars, you’ll actually get a decent amount of luggage in the boot, reasonable headroom and while the rear seats might be a bit cosy for a couple of adults, space is more than ample for two or three kids.

Due to its sporty looks, the 208 is deceptive – it provides bigger car presence while being compact enough to cope with that awkward city centre parking. It’s also particularly economical when it comes to driving in the city, and with low emissions you won’t be stung for a huge amount of road tax either – a new Peugeot 208 1.6L BlueHDi Active 75, for example, will cost just £100 to tax in its first year. With a selection of other engines available, the Peugeot 208 is also a possibility for best automatic city car.

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Yellow Peugeot 208 exterior driving down the road

Audi A1

If image is everything when it comes to your new city car, then you may want to take a look at the Audi A1. It’s certainly not the cheapest of our best city cars but you’re getting a great looking vehicle that’s as impressive inside as out. You should eventually recoup some of your initial costs due to the highly efficient engines and the resulting high levels of fuel economy.

If you often get stuck in the rush hour traffic, at least you’ll be able to pass the time in comfort in the A1 with a great infotainment system and comfortable seats. You also get some generous legroom in the front which is often not considered when looking for the best city cars.

The back seats fold flat to give you a pretty reasonable 920 litres of boot space, and it’s no surprise that the solidly built Audi A1 has received a 5 star NCAP rating. One of the great things about the A1 is its width, compared to other cars in this class it’s fairly narrow. This can make a world of difference when you’re parking in a tight multi-storey car park or squeezing down a side street.

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Blue Audi A1 Sportback parked

Honda e 

If you're searching for an electric city car, then the Honda e could be the one for you. This eye-catching EV has been turning heads since it launched! Jam packed with technology, such as the door-to-door multimedia infotaintment screen, complete with twin touch screen, the interior of the vehicle is fun, practicle and stylish. 

Witth a tight turning circle and smooth drive, the Honda e is ideal for nipping around the city in. The liquid cooled battery is positioned in the centre of the wheelbase, therefore offering a 50:50 weight distribution. This is great for the stability of the vehicle, and the low centre of gravity provides optimal handling.

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Grey Honda e driving down the road

Which of the Best City Cars is Right for You?

When it comes to the best city cars there’s plenty of choice at Swansway Group dealerships. Whether extra boot space is important, high fuel economy, or ease of parking, there’s a city car for you. And if you’re looking for the best small city car or the best automatic city car, we’ve got that covered too.

Of course it can be tricky to make up your mind, so why not call in to your nearest Swansway dealership and have a look around? Or give us a call and we’ll do all we can to help you find your perfect city car.



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