Skoda Citigo hatchback

£8,210 - £11,045

The Skoda Citigo is the brand's small city car and is based on the same components as the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii. It also competes with our 2014 Car of the Year – the Hyundai i10. The Skoda is cheaper to buy than the Volkswagen up!, while the brand has one of the best customer-service records of any car manufacturer.

The Citigo's small size means it's easy to park and manoeuvre in tight city streets, where it was designed to excel, but the Citigo (like 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 road tax, making it our pick of the range.

To keep costs down, the basic Skoda Citigo S has limited equipment, so we'd advise going for the SE model. It comes with useful equipment such as air-conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking. Buyers can also choose the range-topping Elegance and Monte Carlo specifications.