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It takes a lot of things to make a good city car. It’s got to be cheap, efficient, comfortable and (surprisingly) roomy. It’s got to handle stop-start city traffic, motorway cruising and everything in between.

Very few models actually manage to tick all the boxes. Some are comfortable to drive but horrendous to be driven in. Others are fantastic in the city but woeful at high speeds.

Last week, we combed through our leasing database to sniff out the best 7 city cars at some unbelievable prices.

If you’re after a city car, I'd feel confident in recommending any of the cars on this list.

They’re all built on great foundations and honed over a couple of generations. So take a look and let me know what you think in the comments.

Pint-sized and perfectly formed, the Up is Volkswagen’s most recent foray into the diminutive city car market. (Also look out for both its sister cars on the list — the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii.)

Launched relatively recently, the Up attempts to take everything good about a Volkswagen (supreme build quality, great engines, comfy rides, effortless driving and meticulous cabins) and condense it down into a city car-sized chassis.

And the good news is that it does so incredibly well. The Up is unmistakably Volkswagen from the inside, outside and when you're sat behind the wheel. It’s nimble enough to cope with congested city roads, comfortable and stable enough for motorway driving and, thanks to the exact German build quality, depreciates slowly.

Under the bonnet, you’ve not got too much choice but all the units have enough low end punch for zipping through city streets and its long fifth gear means you’ll manage on fast motorways.

With a city car, space is always at a premium and the good news is the Up hides a decent amount of storage in its pint-sized body.

In the boot you’ve got 251 litres of space with the seats up and 951 litres with them collapsed. So it’s slightly smaller than a Hyundai i10 (252/1046 litres) but slightly larger than, say, the Peugeot 108 (196/868 litres).

All in all, the Up is an outstanding car, managing to be exactly what it sets out to be. A slick, sensible and fantastically made car built for the city.

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Volkswagen UP Hatchback

16 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.0
  • Fuel: P, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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As part of the Volkswagen Group, the SEAT Mii has benefited immensely from the German juggernaut’s engineering might.

And by that I mean that Volkswagen’s engineers designed a car from scratch, copied it three times and put three different badges on it.

And just like that you've got the Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, though. Why have three different engineering teams work on three different cars when you can bring them all together and have them design one super city car?

And it's not as if they're identical. Line all three cars up next to each other and you can tell them apart.

The cosmetic tweaks SEAT have put on the base car are bit love-it-or-loathe-it. Personally, I think it looks like Google’s autonomous car — but without all the cuteness.

However, there are a lot of people who like the clean styling so I guess it’s a personal taste thing.

Under the bonnet, you’ve got two engines to choose from — both three cylinders and both 1.0-litre — with 59bhp or 74bhp on offer. There’s not much between the fuel efficiency — 62mpg or 59mpg — and less between the 0-60mph times — 14.4 or 13.2 seconds.

The engines emit either 106g/km and 108g/km of CO2 respectively which is a bit higher than you might expect from a small car with a small engine.

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Seat MII Hatchback

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  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 106g/km

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The Hyundai i10 is a deceptively small city car designed for nipping through traffic and down windy streets.

Even though it only launched in 2013, Hyundai has already released a refreshed half-gen i10 with bunch of new tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Since phone mirroring is such a new addition to the market, it’s nice to see Hyundai working to keep their cars relevant for as long as possible.

The exterior design also received a touch up with a more refined look from front to rear.

Engine choice is somewhat limited with just two options on offer. There’s a 66bhp 1.0-litre petrol or a 87bhp 1.2-litre petrol. And those are your options.

Both are fairly unexciting and are best suited to city driving. They’ll do the job on the motorway

Hyundai claims the smaller unit will manage up to 60.1mpg and the larger unit 57.6mph. In reality, you’ll probably manage somewhere in the high-40s or low-50s.

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Hyundai I10 Hatchback

9 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 93 - 141g/km

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The third member of the Volkswagen-SEAT-Skoda triangle is the Skoda Citigo.

As with the Up and the Mii, Skoda's handled the design themselves and have created a really solid look. The front of the car's defined by a nice finned grille and some cool angles on the the bonnet. The rest of the car is basic but solid. (If I'm being critical, it's a touch boxy but that's to be expected with city cars.)

Under the bonnet, you can choose between two variants of the same petrol engine. The basic unit produces just 59bhp and the fancier unit delivers 74bhp. Neither will have you flying but the extra umph in the second engine makes for a noticeably better driving experience outside the city.

When you do (eventually) get up to speed, it’s nice to know that Skoda has really gone to town with the safety tech. There’s a new side airbag for your head (a first for Skoda) and a new brake assist system for low speed driving.

While I'm on tech, the Citigo is surprisingly well kitted out. Even the basic model comes fitted with an infotainment system, which is super impressive for a cheap city car.

On the road, the Citigo is a willing little car. It handles stop-start city driving with no bother at all and manages on motorways just fine.

Real-world fuel efficiency sits at around 50mpg (pretty decent) and CO2 emissions are between 96g/km and 105g/km.

All in all, the Citigo is a really competent little car.

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Skoda Citigo Hatchback

3 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 96 - 103g/km

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Having sponsored pretty much every young adult programming slot on Channel 4 for the best part of a decade, you might recognise the Toyota Aygo’s name?

Well, that Aygo, the one Toyota insisted on mentioning at every single break in the programming, is gone. It was replaced, in 2014, by the updated second generation.

The second gen redesign — launched under the slogan ‘Go Fun Yourself’ — was a great development. It took the original Aygo which was good(ish) and made it into something special — a fun car.

From the bold slashing 'X' detailing on the front bumper and bonnet to the pronounced bump on the boot, the Aygo is a car that's trying to look different, which is something I’ll always applaud.

On the road, it’s another thumbs up for the Aygo. A more secure cabin reduces road noise a lot and its soft(ish) suspension irons out the bumps beautifully.

All the Aygo models are fitted with the same 69hp 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is probably the only drawback. With a 0-60mph time just shy of 14 seconds, getting up to speed on motorways is a case of planting your foot and settling in for a very long time.

At the pump, Toyota claim the Aygo will put a smile on your face with a (alleged) fuel efficiency of 70mpg. However, take an Aygo out for a real drive on real roads with real idiots around you breaking every two seconds and you’ll actually get somewhere in the region of 55mpg. Still good but a ways away from the lofty heights of Toyota’s claim.

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Toyota Aygo Hatchback (2014)

1 derivative available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 97g/km

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Just like the Volkswagen Up, the Peugeot 108 is part of an automotive trio, sharing its chassis, engine, transmission and electrics with the the Toyota Aygo and Citreon C1.

But, just like the Up-Mii-Citigo triangle, there’s enough between these cars for it to be worth considering them individually.

Now into its second generation, Peugeot has ironed out a lot of the niggles we had with its first iteration, which was already a super solid city car.

Style-wise, the 108 fits into Peugeot’s understated range quite nicely. It’s neither brash nor boring and walks a nice line between youth and childishness.

Under the bonnet, you’ve got two engines to choose from — a 1.0-litre petrol and a 1.2-litre petrol — and both are efficient and economical. And while they won’t drag you round the Nurburgring in under ten minutes, they’ll get you about town just fine and they’ll hold their own for short motorway stints.

On the road, it’s a surprisingly sporty affair. The steering's been tightened up a fair bit and new, stiffer suspension makes tight corners a blast.

The cabin’s received a bit of an update too with a nice new design and utilitarian materials used throughout. Higher trim models receive a big infotainment system too, which is a nice bonus for a city car!

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Peugeot 108 Hatchback

5 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0 - 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 88 - 99g/km

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Cheap as chips and cute as buttons, the Kia Picanto is a bit of a dark horse in the super congested city car niche. (Do you think that was enough cliches in the opening sentence?)

Kia's done a great job building a distinctive look for the car with its iconic ‘tiger nose’, raking headlights and big aggressive air vents. The sides, meanwhile, are kept simple with straight lines and sharp curves leading to the rear.

Like pretty much every other car on this list, you can choose between a small petrol engine (1.0-litre) and a slightly less small petrol engine (1.25-litre). Neither is particularly fast but you’ll notice the extra pull from the larger unit, especially at low revs.

The ride in the Picanto is decent, if a touch bumpy over rough roads and there's not much body roll in tight, twisty corners.

Oh, and talking of corners, the handling on the Kia is superb. It’s supremely light and pinpoint accurate. It’s an absolute dream to drive!

At the pump, you’ll see real world fuel efficiency of around about 40 to 45mpg. That’s a bit lower than, say, the Aygo (55mpg) or Skoda Citigo (50mpg). The smaller engine emites 101g/km of CO2 and the larger 104g/km.

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Kia Picanto Hatchback

14 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 99 - 138g/km

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