Volkswagen up! hatchback

£8,765 - £13,465

The Volkswagen up! is one of the best small city cars on sale today. It competes with our car of the year, the Hyundai i10, and shares many of its parts with the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii

Arguably one of the most appealing parts of the up! is the VW badge on the bonnet. Inside, the up! is pretty basic, but it's well built and simple to operate, while buyers can choose to fit a removable sat nav system that's handy for town driving.

The up! can be specified with a choice of two small three-cylinder petrol engines that are cheap to run, but quick enough for city driving and the occasional motorway trip. They suit the up!'s agile handling and city-friendly dimensions.

Go for the basic Take up! model and equipment is limited to colour-coded bumpers, a CD player with an auxiliary socket for MP3 players, stability control and airbags. Buyers can also choose the Move up! and High up! models, which are better equipped.