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The emergence of supermini cars allows drivers to get a small car with a big personality. Some of the UK’s best selling cars are superminis and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. Usually, superminis offer low running costs, are easy to manoeuvre and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best supermini cars to buy this year! Let’s take a look.

What is a supermini car? 

A supermini car is traditionally a small car which offers more than your usual city car. They’re small enough to manoeuvre around the town but big enough to suit family life too. They tend to be popular cars because they have a low starting price, there’s a seemingly endless amount of choice, and they are cheap to run. Supermini cars are more than capable of longer trips and are a great all-rounder! 

Best superminis to buy:

1.  SEAT Ibiza.
2. Volkswagen Polo.
3. Ford Fiesta.
4. Audi A1.
5. Dacia Sandero.
6. Hyundai i20.
7. MINI Cooper.
8. Skoda Fabia.


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1. SEAT Ibiza.

The SEAT Ibiza is a great example of one of the best supermini cars to buy. The SEAT Leon is sporty, spacious and very well-equipped. It comes with cheap running costs and is in a low insurance bracket too. The SEAT Ibiza shares the same underpinnings of the Volkswagen Polo but it’s more fun to drive and offers a higher level of sophistication. If you’re looking for a used SEAT Leon on finance, check out our finance deals today.

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2. Volkswagen Polo.

The Volkswagen Polo is one of those cars which seem to please everyone. It’s one of the best cars for new drivers due to its low running costs and efficient engines but there is also enough room for the full family too. The Polo is highly popular due to its easy-going nature, comfortable interior, and solid body style. There are a few cars on the list which are better value for money but the Volkswagen Polo is a great supermini car to start with. 

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3. Ford Fiesta.

For 12 consecutive years, the Ford Fiesta was the best-selling car in the UK but this model was discontinued in 2023. However, it is great news for used car drivers as there are plenty of second-hand cars to take advantage of! What makes the Ford Fiesta stand out is that is so fun to drive! It comes with nippy engines and agile handling which gives that sporty go-kart feel. Newer models come with plenty of technology as standard and a generous range of equipment. 

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4. Audi A1.

The Audi A1 is a premium supermini that won’t disappoint. Granted, it does come with a higher price tag but it is expected when you get Audi’s high level of sophistication. There are plenty of economical engines to choose from and it comes with a great level of quality equipment as standard. there’s plenty of room for 5 adults and everyone will be comfortable on long journeys. In our opinion, the Audi A1 is one of the best supermini cars to buy! 

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5. Dacia Sandero.

Based on looks, the Dacia Sandero isn’t the most exciting supermini you can buy. But it should not be overlooked. If you want a simple, great value for money, fun-to-drive car, the Dacia Sandero could be the one for you. Even the entry-level comes with lots of equipment and plenty of space throughout. Its affordable price tag offers a pretty basic interior but strong build quality. Add in comfortable seats, and easy controls, and you’ve got yourself a perfect family car.

6. Hyundai i20.

If you’re in the market for an affordable and practical supermini, the Hyundai i20 could be for you. The i20 is another great example of a ‘what you see is what you get’ car. Like the Dacia Sandero above, it’s easy to live with and entertaining to drive. The Hyundai i20 can suit a range of drivers and prices to be a good all-rounder. It’s roomy on the inside and looks smart on the outside too. Overall, the Hyundai i20 is capable and comfortable. 

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7. MINI Cooper (5 door).

Many drivers consider the MINI as the original supermini car. It’s sporty, fun and exciting to drive. We really like the electric MINI and it features one of our best electric cars to buy! The MINI Electric builds on Mini’s well-loved design and adds a powerful electric engine offering 287 of emission-free driving. It is one of the smallest superminis you can buy. It does have 5 seats but we’d say it was a comfortable 4-seater car instead.

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8. Skoda Fabia.

The Skoda Fabia doesn’t feel cheap, nor does it feel expensive. Instead, it perfectly sits in the middle. It’s great value for money, affordable to run and comes with low road tax. For a car of this size, it has a good amount of space within and a huge boot! Small cars aren’t usually associated with a smooth ride but the Skoda Fabia helps to abolish that reputation and everyone will be comfortable on a long journey. 

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