Skoda Citigo hatchback

The Skoda Citigo is the Czech firm's small city car and is based on the Volkswagen up! and the SEAT Mii. It also competes with our car of the year – the Hyundai i10. The Skoda is cheaper to buy than the Volkswagen up!, while Skoda has one of the best customer service records of any car manufacturer.

The Citigo's small size means it is easy to park and manoeuvre in tight city streets, where it was designed to excel, but the Citigo (as with the up! and Mii) is also surprisingly quiet at motorway speeds – something many other small cars aren’t.

The car comes with a choice of two 1.0-litre petrol engines. The more powerful 74bhp Elegance GreenTech can return fuel economy of 67.3mpg and is exempt from paying road tax, making it our pick of the range.

To keep costs down, the basic Skoda Citigo S has limited levels of equipment, so we would advise going for the SE model that comes with useful equipment such as air-conditioning, electric front windows, and remote central locking. Buyers can also choose between Elegance and Monte Carlo trim levels.