Great cars for city driving

If you spend most of your time on the road navigating through the streets of a city, you need a car created with a city in mind.

Driving in the city is a whole different animal to driving through the countryside. There are more vehicles on the road causing traffic congestion and there are a lot more pedestrians to look out for.

You will also be sharing the roads with public transport vehicles, delivery trucks and cyclists - which means not only will you have to be more vigilant, but you’ll have to be driving a car suited to the city.

Generally speaking, small cars are perfect for the roads of a city. Something that can quickly navigate the narrow streets and sharp turns of the urban jungle that will get you from A to B, but also allow you to enjoy the ride.

Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda offers a range of engine sizes and can be purchased as a hatchback or a 4x4.

It will always stand out from the crowd with its unique body shape, which combines a mix of curves, straight lines and bright colours.

The top-spec versions of the Panda offers some bits of technology that could rival that found in cars twice its size.

Newer models come with parking sensors, which are very useful when parking in the city, climate control and fuel-saving technology, like Start & Stop.

All new Pandas come equipped with Fiat’s TwinAir engine, meaning that running costs are low. The diesel version’s fuel economy is 72.4 miles per gallon (MPG) and CO2 emissions are 109g/km.

Toyota IQ

Toyota claims that its IQ model is a revolution in the small car market, and it's certainly different. It has a funky shape and is very small, allowing it to fit in tight parking spots and enabling it to easily navigate narrow city roads.

The body is only three metres in length - making it a hair longer than a Smart car. A buyer can choose between having rear seats or a boot, so this car is more suited to a family without small children or a young person buying their first car.

In terms of running costs the lowest specification offers a 1.0 litre engine, 64.2 MPG and it emits 99g/km, making it exempt from road tax.

Skoda Citigo

Auto Express crowned it Car of the Year at the 2012 New Car Awards and then Best City Car in 2013.

For a compact car, the Citigo has ample room in its interior. Its boot offers 251 litres of space which can be expanded to 951 litres by folding down the rear seats.

It has excellent features to help you get around too, with its Portable Infotainment device included. This comes with navigation systems, hands-free bluetooth and multimedia entertainment to keep your passengers happy.

If you need peace of mind, it also comes with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Kia Picanto

The three-door or five-door Kia Picanto comes in a range of trims that all have electric windows, MP3 and a trip computer equipped as standard.

You have the choice between a one litre three-cylinder engine and a 1.25 litre  four-cylinder engine for this vehicle, depending on how fast you want to go. It won't cost you an arm and a leg in fuel either as all models have 99g/km CO2 emissions.

Not to mention it has a funky body design, with its characteristic tiger nose grille.

Peugeot 107

If you are looking for a vehicle that will cost as little as possible while on the road then the Peugeot 107 is most certainly a step in the right direction.

It is cheap to insure, costs little or nothing in road tax and has excellent fuel economy with 99g/km CO2 emissions and the potential to do 74mpg.

The engine is a one litre petrol with 67 brake horsepower, which offers ideal speeds for driving around town and could be well suited to someone buying their first car.

To keep you entertained while you are on your city journeys, the 107 comes equipped with a CD player, Peugeot Connect and bluetooth.

  • On: 01 May 2014
  • By: CarShop

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