I think it’s fair to say that millennials get a bad rap. According to cheap tabloid newspapers, millennials are killing the booze and the dating industries. They're breaking the housing market, banks and the high street.

They’re ditching gyms, shunning chain restaurants, crushing subscription TV and murdering cereal in cold milk.

Basically, they're the worst generation that's ever had the audacity to pop into existence.

Well, I think this is all complete guff.

Millennials aren’t killing anything, they’re just choosing not to waste their shrinking pay packets on all the stuff their parents did. And seriously, who really wants to drop fifty quid on a gym membership so they can run on a treadmill while staring at the wall?

And it's the same story with cars.

Millennials don’t want to drop tens of thousands of pounds on a depreciating asset just because that’s what people have done for years.

Instead, they’re looking at alternative finance options like leasing and they’re prioritising things like fuel efficiency and emissions instead of badges and prestige.

So, for this article, I’ve rounded up ten of the best low-cost and low-maintenance cars on the market that are perfect for on-the-move millennials. Take a read and let us know what you think in the comments. (Especially if we've missed out your favourite motor.)

The Hyundai is a deceptively small city that somehow squeezes a roomy interior into its bite-sized body.

The newest generation i10 — which is actually just the second generation — launched in 2013 and Hyundai has been good about tweaking and updating it since them.

The newest model enjoys a fresh dose of tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep it relevant for new drivers. Unlike other four-year-old ranges, the i10 definitely doesn't feel like an old car.

Under the bonnet, your choices are, let's say, limited.

You can choose the 66hp 1.0-litre petrol or the 87hp 1.2-litre petrol. And those are your options. Both are fairly unexciting and are best suited to city driving. The 1.2-litre will do alright on motorways but it's not the most relaxing of experiences.

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.

For such small engines, the emissions are surprisingly high with the 1.0-litre emitting 108g/km of CO2 and the 1.2-litre emitting 114g/km.

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Hyundai I10 Hatchback

12 derivatives available

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

From £107.14 Per Month

Initial Rental: £642.84 inc VAT

If you watched any young adult programming from Channel 4 in the past ten years, you’ll recognise the Toyota Aygo instantly.

"Aygo by Toyota sponsors T4!"

The Aygo seemed to sponsor virtually all of Channel 4’s mid-afternoon to early-evening scheduling slot in a bid to embed itself as the car of the UK’s youth. And while it didn't really manage that, it’s still a really great city car.

Toyota launched the second gen Aygo in 2014 after a pretty big redesign and its new X-themed aesthetic does really well to set the Japanese pocket rocket apart from the dozens of cookie cutter city cars on the market.

Inside, things are much nicer than the first generation model with decent materials used throughout and an inventive (if a little odd) dash design.

On the road, it’s another thumbs up for the Aygo. A more secure cabin reduces road noise and its soft(ish) suspension irons out all but the worst holes and bumps in the road.

All the Aygo models are fitted with the same 69hp 1.0-litre petrol engine with either a manual or an automatic gearbox. The petite engine will get you from 0-60mph in just shy of 14 seconds, which isn't exactly fast but what do you expect from a minute city car?

The benefit of a small engine is that it's is crazy cheap to run. While Toyota claims it’ll manage 70mpg, real everyday owners tell us they achieve more in the region of 55mpg. That's still really good for real-world performance.

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Toyota Aygo Hatchback (2014)

4 derivatives available

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

From £112.87 Per Month

Initial Rental: £677.22 inc VAT

Measuring just 2.97m long and 1.32m wide, the original Fiat 500 was a proper city car. It could nip in and out of traffic, down twisty streets and fit into the smallest parking space.

Back in 2006 when Fiat announced they were reviving the 500, I was pretty worried.

The old car was a product of its time — and much more lenient road safety laws! — and I didn’t know whether they could haul that motoring icon into the 21st century without losing what made the original so special.

Well, I shouldn’t have worried! The new Fiat is every bit as cute and fun as the old one.

The retro Italian styling is obviously the main selling point and the 500 looks just as cool now as the original one did back in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Inside, things are bang up-to-date with a big infotainment system. If I’m being critical, the build quality is a bit iffy with cheap materials used in prominent positions.

On the road, it’s a pretty relaxing experience. The steering is light in the city and you get a decent amount of feedback through the wheel.

Engine choice is good with six petrol engines and a diesel on offer. Plus, Fiat has tweaked all of them to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

If you’re staying in the city, you can just about get away with the basic 69hp 1.2-litre petrol but if you’re adventuring onto motorways, you’ll definitely want to upgrade to something with a bit more beef.

On CO2 emissions, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The smallest engine, the 1.2-litre petrol, emits 110g/km but that starts falling when you move up the range. The 0.9-litre TwinAir Dualogic is the best of the bunch, emitting just 88g/km of CO2.

Fuel efficiency in the basic engine is also the poorest of the bunch, managing just 60.1mpg in Fiats combined test. Upgrade to the 0.9-litre TwinAir engine I mentioned earlier and that jumps up to 74.3mpg. Faster, cleaner and cheaper to run — not a bad improvement!

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Fiat 500 Hatchback

26 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.4
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £108.64 Per Month

Initial Rental: £977.76 inc VAT

I genuinely don’t know why anyone bothers trying to produce a supermini. The industry is already stacked to the rafters with outstanding cars like the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and Nissan Micra.

Yes, you might get lucky and carve out a little niche for yourself. But it’s more likely your car will fade into the pack never to be seen again. (Alfa Romeo Mito, anyone?)

Thankfully, the bosses at SEAT are braver than me and kept faith in the SEAT Ibiza through its painfully quiet third and fourth generations.

And that's fantastic news because the fifth gen Ibiza is outstanding and more than holds its own against the supermini stalwarts.

This new model is built on Volkswagen’s fancy new MQB A0 platform, which will also form the basis of a raft of upcoming cars.

Alongside the new platform comes a brand new look, which is sharp and undeniably SEAT.

Targeted at a younger audience — hence the name — the Ibiza comes packed full of tech. The eight-inch infotainment screen is awesome, the phone mirroring is handy and the audio upgrades are impressively affordable.

On the road, the Ibiza feels more solid than ever with its wider profile and nicely balanced ride.

All its engines are lively enough for city driving and will do an okay job on motorways. The Ibiza does come with a couple of diesel engines but considering they’re Volkswagen units I wouldn’t expect to see too many on the roads!

Fuel efficiency is okay too with most engines achieving up to around 55-60mpg, according to SEAT and only a little bit less according to real drivers.

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Seat Ibiza Hatchback

41 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £146.12 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,315.12 inc VAT

Look, I’m all for tradition but I think car manufacturers sometimes take it too far.

The Nissan Micra has been around since 1982 and it completely reinvents itself for every single generation.

This isn’t a gradual evolution of style and technology but a wholesale revolution every ten or so years.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The old Micra was a bit meh whereas the new 2017 one is awesome!

The new model has a unique exterior design where it’s soft in parts and angular in others. It's cool and different and I don't care if you don't like it.

Like the Renault Clio, it's got smart hidden rear door handles embedded into the window section, which does wonders for the side styling of the car.

Inside, it’s a very classy affair. Everything in the cabin feels plush and luxurious and the overall design is impressive. (And very techy!)

On the road, it's a case of no fireworks and no disasters. It’s more than capable on twisty roads and it's comfortable at motorway speeds too. Avoid the basic 1.0-litre engine and it should handle anything you throw at it.

Fuel efficiency is impressive with Nissan claiming 61.4mpg from the basic petrol, 64.2mpg from the turbo and 88.3mpg from the diesel. Realistically, you can probably knock 10-15mpg off each of those figures.

For CO2 emissions, you’re looking at 103g/km, 104g/km and 92g/km respectively, which is alright if nothing special.

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Nissan Micra Hatchback

116 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.5
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 92 - 128g/km

From £145.94 Per Month

Initial Rental: £875.64 inc VAT

As part of the Volkswagen Group, the Mii (stupid name, I know) has benefited immensely from the German juggernaut’s engineering might.

And by that, I mean that Volkswagen’s team has designed a car from scratch and slapped a SEAT badge on it.

Then they copied the car, prised off the SEAT badge and replaced it with a Skoda badge.

Then they copied it again, prised off the Skoda badge and stuck a Volkswagen one on.

Yep, the SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up! are basically the same car.

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

The cosmetic tweaks SEAT have put on the base car are bit love-it-or-loathe-it. Personally, I think it’s dull. It looks like Google’s noddy car but without all the cute add-ons.

But I know there's a load of people out there who like the clean styling so I guess it’s a personal taste thing.

Inside, it’s all a bit clubby. Dark plastics and bright accent colours are fun at first but I could see it looking very dated in a few years. That said, everything feels solidly put together and the material choices are really nice.

You’ve got two engines to choose from — both three cylinders and both 1.0-litre — with 59hp or 74hp on offer. There’s not much between them in 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 perhaps a bit higher than you might expect from a small car with a small engine.

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Seat MII Hatchback

6 derivatives available

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

From £144.88 Per Month

Initial Rental: £869.28 inc VAT

With its two-tone bodywork and menacing grille, the Kia Picanto looks absolutely fantastic. Throw in decent fuel efficiency and low running costs, and you’ve got yourself a decent city car.

Unfortunately, it's not all pluses for the Picanto.

The underpowered engines aren't brilliant on the motorway and internal space is a mixed bag.

Even though every model comes with five doors, the actual space in the rear seats is disappointing as a lot of room is given up to its 255-litre boot.

That said, how often do city car owners actually have people in their rear seats? Not very often is my bet. So why not take that space and put it to use elsewhere?

With the Picanto, you get a choice of two petrol engines: a 66hp 1.0-litre and an 83hp 1.25-litre. The latter has the option of an automatic gearbox if that’s your jam.

On the road, there’s a huge difference between the two.

While neither will set Silverstone alight, the smaller 1.0-litre is painfully slow. A 0-60mph time of 13.8 seconds leaves you wondering what you’re doing with your life and motorway cruising is louder than a chamber orchestra at full volume.

The 1.25-litre adds an extra 17hp, which gives you a bit more grunt to get up to speed.

CO2 emissions are 101g/km and 106g/km and Kia claims they’ll manage up to 76.3mpg and 74.3mph, respectively.

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Kia Picanto Hatchback

15 derivatives available

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

From £116.60 Per Month

Initial Rental: £699.60 inc VAT

While some picky folk have bashed the Skoda Fabia’s styling, I really don’t think there’s much wrong with it. Yes, it’s not revolutionary but for a budget hatchback, are you really expecting an Aston Martin?

Inside, I get the complaints. It's a bit utilitarian with basic — albeit robust — materials used throughout. While the design itself is equally basic, everything you could need is there and it feels great to use. It's just not winning any design contests.

Where the Fabia really differentiates itself from other cars on the list is space. The Fabia is miles bigger than similarly-priced cars (which are mostly city cars) with a substantial 330-litre boot and space for three adults in the back.

When it comes to performance, the Fabia will vary hugely depending on what you put under the bonnet.

Go for the cheaper 1.0-litre petrol and you’ll crawl from 0-60mph in 15.7 seconds. With that little umph, you find yourself mashing the accelerator to get up to speed and that’s not good for your fuel efficiency.

Upgrade to the sprightly 95hp 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and you’ll knock five seconds off your 0-60mph time while only losing a couple of miles off your fuel efficiency. Definitely worth it if you ask me.

There seven other engines if you want to really get the Skoda going, including the beefy 105hp 1.4-litre turbocharged diesel and the 110hp 1.0 turbocharged petrol.

Emissions are pretty average with 110g/km of CO2 for the basic 1.0-litre petrol and 101g/km for the beefier 1.0-litre TSI.

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Skoda Fabia Hatchback (2015)

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.0 - 1.4
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 93 - 112g/km

From £132.65 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,193.85 inc VAT

The Corsa — as a Corsa and not a Nova — has been around since 1992 and it’s been a damn good car for pretty much all that time.

Unfortunately, it’s never really got the praise it deserves for all of that time and it remains a bit of an outside bet compared to more popular superminis like the Fiesta and Polo.

But jump in a Corsa for a test drive and you find yourself wondering why.

The engines are punchy, the drive is tactile, the styling is bang on and the interior trim is really nice.

I think the problem is that it does no one thing better than its competitors. The drive is great but it’s not better than the Fiesta, the trim is great but it’s not as classy as the Polo and so on and so on.

But looking for a car that does one thing brilliantly really isn’t the way to buy a car. You don't want a car that's fantastic to drive but a nightmare to live with or one where the finish is impeccable but the ride is bone-shattering.

The sensible decision is to buy a car that does everything well and that means the sensible decision is the Corsa.

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Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback

43 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.7
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £122.16 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,099.44 inc VAT

In a world of cookie-cutter car designs, the Fiat Panda is kind of refreshing. Its iconic boxy design expands the cabin upwards to make the most of its small footprint and helps the small city car feel spacious and roomy.

Inside, things are basic but smart. There’s cubby holes built in everywhere, the controls are big and chunky and the ergonomic handbrake is a nice experiment.

On the road, it's everything you could want from a little city car. It's nippy, it handles well and its upright driving position gives you a pretty commanding position, which is a novelty in a small city car.

When you get up to motorway speeds, the standard 1.2-litre petrol begins to struggle a bit so I recommend you upgrade to the 0.9-litre TwinAir engine, which'll knock three seconds off the 0-60mph time and give you a bit more umph at higher speeds.

The smaller 0.9-litre engine is also the cheapest to run. Fiat claims it'll do an impressive 67.3mpg but in reality you'll struggle to break 50mpg. The Panda's CO2 emissions are also impressive, managing just 99g/km.

The only place I think Fiat fell down was not giving the Panda big adorable headlight eyes. That one criticism aside, it’s hard to fault Fiat’s cut-price cutie.

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Fiat Panda Hatchback

15 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £124.09 Per Month

Initial Rental: £744.54 inc VAT