Renault Twingo hatchback

£9,495 - £11,695

The new Renault Twingo is designed to take on the best cars in the city car class, namely the Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10. The first thing to note about the Twingo is that it has its engine in the back, which has allowed Renault to create more space inside the car and also make it extremely agile around town.

The Twingo has a distinctive look and, as is usual these days, there are a number of ways you can personalise it to make your car stand out even further. If you're not sure exactly what to go for, the Twingo is available with several personalisation packs put together by Renault, featuring different exterior and interior accessories, costing £200.

The car has a very small turning circle that makes it very manoeuvrable around town and the engines are nippy enough at low speeds. There is a choice of two - a 69bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 89bhp 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine - and three trim levels called Expression, Play and Dynamique.

The mid-range Play model with the 0.9-litre engine is our top recommendation because it has all the equipment you need - even if it is slightly more expensive than the Citigo and the i10. While the Twingo isn't as much fun to drive as either of those rivals, it is a good-looking, practical city car that is very easy to use in busy towns and cities.