Slightly larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback, a supermini is a small car which falls into the B-segment, the second smallest of the European segments for passenger cars. Initially available in three-door form, this stylish small car has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with five-door options now available from most manufacturers, increasing its appeal and practicality.
Relatively small in size, most notably towards the rear end where these cars tend to have much smaller boots than family hatchbacks, superminis are popular because they tend to offer great value for money. Not only are they cheap to run, reliable and practical, but they also offer a fun driving experience thanks to their compact body size and nippy engines.
Inside, a supermini allows for more legroom for rear passengers than city car thanks to the longer distance between the front and rear wheels, but if you’re after a decent sized boot, you’ll need to opt for a hatchback or larger to get an increased amount of space. Engine options aren’t bad either, with a range of performance superminis, such as the Ford Fiesta ST, available for those who want more power, and smaller powertrain options for those who prefer economy over speed.
Whether you’re a young professional looking for a stylish motor with low running costs, or an experienced motorist looking for something simple to get you from A to B, superminis offer great value for money without compromising on style or substance
There are currently a great variety of superminis currently available to buy or lease in the UK market, including the nation’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, as well as other rivals including the Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 208.
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