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The Best Cars for City Driving

While supercars are exhilarating, sleek and incredibly fun to drive, they are not always the most practical option. Although they make commuting or long drives more enjoyable, they are unsuited to slow traffic and congested cities and aren’t adapted for quickly getting about in the city.

If you venture into the city regularly, you may find you need a more suitable, reliable vehicle. This is where small, economical cars can be a real lifesaver. However, if you are used to driving in style, then you do not want just any old city car. So, here are a pick of the most stylish and reliable options.

Fiat 500

Arguably, this Fiat 500 is one of the best-looking city cars on the road. With a retro 60’s vibe and a quirky interior to match, it is a car that appeals to the most fashion conscious of buyers. This style elevates the Fiat 500, making it stand out from other models in its category. Plus, for a little added luxury, there is the convertible model.

But the 500 offers substance as well as style. Unlike other cars of this size, it is available in a diesel engine. This delivers a staggering 83mpg, making it one of the most fuel-efficient options you can buy.

Audi A1

If you want a city car that can impress and wow people, then the Audi A1 is the clear winner. As well as an attractive, upmarket exterior, the A1 provides the most enjoyable driving experience you would expect from Audi, which will make you forget that you are in a small hatchback car.

Despite the small engine sizes (ranging from 1.0 to 1.6-litre and available in petrol and diesel), the A1 still packs a punch, making it a great choice for someone who loves to drive. It is also  surprisingly fuel efficient, with the 1.6 TDI models achieving up to 74mpg, making it perfect for the city.

VW Polo

Volkswagen have long been associated with being well built and reliable cars, and the Polo is no exception. Packed with expert German engineering, the Polo is stylish inside and out. It is also packed with gadgets, including a touch screen infotainment system, so it is great for finding alternative routes to beat city traffic as well as other great tech gadgets.

Available from the entry level 1.0-litre engine, up to the 1.6 TDI, the Polo manages to deliver performance, handling and power with efficiency and style. While the 1.0-litre models sit between 60 and 67mpg, the 1.4 TDI sits at a huge 91mpg, making it incredibly economical and convenient.

Mini Hatchback

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A truly iconic car, the Mini has always been a popular choice amongst keen car buyers and car lovers. With a cool and timeless design, it attracts attention for all the right reasons. What is more, while the interior is sleek and simple, it is classic in style and contains all the gadgets and tech you could need from a small vehicle.

When it comes to the Mini, there are a huge range of models to choose from. This includes the Clubman, Convertible, Cooper and Cooper S. No matter which you opt for, it is worth choosing a larger engine, for more power and a better driving experience and handling.

City cars have their perks, offering excellent mpg, low running costs and a small size, making them ideal for traffic and small parking spaces. Whether you buy new or from a second dealer like Unbeatable Car, consider one of these four options for a city car that does not compromise on style or performance.

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