Sure, SUVs and crossovers are all the rage right now. People rave about the higher driving position, the sleek styling, and the practicality.
But do you really need one?
Your 25-minute commute is spent driving through towns and cities. Is AWD essential?
Bigger cars come with higher running costs and lower fuel economy. In a big car, it can also be a bit of a challenge to squeeze through notoriously narrow British roads.
It seems silly to fixate on an unnecessarily large car when we're spoiled for choice when it comes to small cars!
Whether it's the best-selling Ford Fiesta, the stereotypically posher Polo, or the ultra-practical Honda Jazz, there's something for everyone.
We're going to let you in on why you should think about leasing a small car, and the benefits of driving one.
Afterwards, we'll give you our picks for the top 10 small cars of 2019!
First though, you ought to ask...
Is a small car right for me?
A small car doesn’t necessarily mean cramped rear seats and pitiful boot space. These days, small hatchbacks are surprisingly practical.
They’re also no slouches in the tech department. Most small cars in 2019 will tick the essential tech-boxes for the average person, with many models offering big-car features like reversing cameras, wireless charging, and privacy windows (if you’re feeling a bit posh).
Here's a few more advantages of owning a small car:
Fuel economy: Typically, the bigger the car, the lower the miles per gallon! Small cars are more efficient because they weigh considerably less.
Easier to park: There's a reason most big cars come with parking sensors these days. Trying to fit in a cramped spot, particularly if you live in a city, can be a nerve-wracking affair.
Low insurance: A small car tends to have a lower insurance band than something like an SUV, which can save you hundreds per year!
Of course, there’s a few cases where a small car probably isn’t a good option for you:
You have a huge family: If you need to be able to cart around 5 kids and Grandpa, you probably don’t want a small car. Check out our best 7-seater cars (and good luck!)
You’re 7ft tall: Most small cars these days are perfectly comfortable for taller drivers and have decent legroom. If you are exceptionally tall, some of these models likely aren’t for you. Make sure you get a test drive to see if it’s comfortable enough for you.
You just don’t want one: A small car might serve you perfectly well, and get on well with your bank account… but logic be damned, you want a big car! There’s nothing wrong with that. Just make sure to check out our top 10 SUVs to make sure you get the perfect big car for you.
The Best Small Cars
So you’re sold: a small car is the right choice for you. But what models should you look into? There’s an enormous number of cars in the small car market, so it can be overwhelming to know what to look at.
To make it simpler for you, here’s our top 10 picks for the best small cars of 2019.