Most Reliable City Cars of 2021
Trying to decide what to drive is a big decision.
A “car salesman” has become a catch-all term for someone untrustworthy trying to sell you something.
Need unbiased advice to figure out what car is actually best for you?
Read on to find out all about our picks for the most reliable city cars.
Why city cars? City cars are best if you need something small to navigate the narrow and crowded city streets. They are easier to park, cost little to run, and will suit people who aren’t filling their four other seats.
Let’s start from the 5th on our list:
5. Peugeot 108
The Peugeot 108 has a fizzy engine, light steering, and a tight turning circle, making it a fun drive. With a cute exterior that can come in a range of vibrant colours, and extra technological touches it is an improvement over the 107.
Its engine is very similar to the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, making for a reliable three-cylinder engine that comes in 1.0 litre.
What lets the Peugeot down is its interior, which offers very little space, no suitable for long legs.
4. Kia Picanto
Kia Picanto’s narrow structure with quick steering and reflexes makes urban driving look easy.
It offers either a non-turbo 1.0 litre engine with 67hp or a turbo-charged engine with 100hp. Both are economical choices, but the first of the two is far cheaper to buy and marginally cheaper to run.
Outside the city, however, the Picanto struggles. A decent gust of wind will have you pulling all over the road and a jiggly suspension will have passengers hitting their imaginary brake. This choice is a reliable one as long as owners don’t want to get on the motorway too often.
3. Skoda Citigo
The Skoda is the car of private taxis for a reason: they are long-lasting and reliable for a vehicle that is on the road all day, but that’s usually a business-looking Skoda Rapid, what about their smaller city alternative?
The Citigo is essentially a dupe of the Volkswagen Up. The more affordable car comes with the same square shape and size, complete with a competitively large boot, and the engine to go. They come in 60hp or 75hp versions and will come in three or five-door bodies.
2. Toyota Aygo
Looking like something from Akira, the Toyota Aygo has a distinct look to it for those who appreciate it. With an engine that shares a lot of similarities to the Citreon C1 and Peugeot 108, its rather out-there style will be the thing that makes it stand out from all the rest.
All three of these cars have very different identities, so you can pick your favourite of the three and feel safe in your choice. They must have taken the advice of Ice House Design to work out their brand recognition.
1. Hyundai i10
The Hyundai i10 offers a 67hp engine or a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder or turbo-charged engine that gives city driving a little extra zing.
With its floating roof, black highlights, alloy wheels, and sculpting that Michelangelo would be proud of, the Hyundai is also definitely the best looking on this list.