Now in its second generation, the A1 offers an enjoyable driving experience and has room for two adults to sit comfortably in the back. There’s even a spacious boot, remedying one of the criticisms of the original model. However, while there are still some nice touches, the interior doesn’t feel significantly classier than the cheaper Volkswagen Polo’s, which is why Audi’s smallest car goes no higher on this list.
- Smooth ride and tidy handling
- Relatively quiet at higher speeds
- Very slow depreciation
- Cheaper trims not well equipped
- Mini feels much plusher inside
- Peugeot 208 offers more for less money
While plenty of small cars feel surprisingly grown-up, nothing puts a smile on your face like the Fiesta. It’s particularly good in sporty ST-Line Edition trim, which brings stiffer springs to help the car stay more composed through corners, yet has barely any impact on ride comfort.
- Brilliant to drive
- Punchy Ecoboost engines, especially the Hybrid versions
- Good fuel economy and CO2 emissions
- Some rivals are better value
- Decent but not class-leading practicality
- Important safety kit not standard