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Top 10 used superminis

The little cars making a big impact

By Nick Watkins Published

Mini | buying guide | Ford Fiesta | Top Ten | Renault Clio | VW Polo | Peugeot 208 | Audi A1 | Hyundai i20 | Dacia Sandero | Mazda 2

Peugeot 208

Superminis... The best of a booming sector

DID you know that since 2004 sales of superminis have gone up 132%. Little cars are better than ever, which is why tens of thousands of UK motorists are opting for a nippy run-a-round.

Here’s our pick available on Sun Motors.

VW Polo - used from £325

Volkswagen Polo

Ever reliable and always in demand, the Polo will always be a popular supermini. It’s an ideal car for learning in or having as your everyday motor. This one can be snapped up for just £325.

Skoda Fabia - used from £550

Skoda Fabia

For sheer practicality, refined space and value for money, you can't go far wrong with the Fabia. Skoda has built a reputation in recent years for cars that are strong, solid, excellently built and stunningly reliable.

MINI Cooper - used from £1,285


They may not be as small as they once were but MINIs are still weeny enough to fall into the supermini category. From 2001 they’re bigger and more refined than before, and are available with turbocharged engines and more upmarket interiors.

Mazda 2 - used from £1,200

Mazda 2

Competing in the market against the likes of the Fiesta, Corsa and 208 is never going to be easy, but the Mazda 2 more than holds its own. Fun to drive and packed with tech too, including excellent smartphone connectivity.

Ford Fiesta - used from £185

Ford Fiesta

It held the best-selling UK car title for ages before the Focus nicked its crown. Let’s face it, Fiestas are brilliant cars, whether you’re looking for a first car or stylish everyday car, you won't go wrong with a Fiesta. Still hugely popular.

Dacia Sandero - Used from £4,988

Dacia Sandero

Tearing up the roads since 2012, Sanderos have quickly convinced motorists that despite being a budget motor it has a lot to offer. They’re great to drive, there’s plenty of room, and crucially won’t break the bank to buy or run.

Peugeot 208 - Used from £5,413

Peugeot 208

With a range of affordable engines and a stylish look, Peugeot has clearly targeted younger drivers with the 208. Never models are superbly equipped, with cruise control, DAB digital radio and touch-screen display. This is one supermini you'll be proud to turn up in.

Audi A1 - Used from £7,950


The supermini market went upmarket in 2010 with the addition of the A1. Classy and ever-reliable Audi has produced a real winner. If you opt for one, feel safe in the knowledge that it’ll hold it’s value well if you ever decide to sell – which you probably won’t.

Hyundai i20 - Used from £2,995


It’s hard for the i20 to stand out in such a competitive sector but it more than holds its own. A 326-litre boot is larger than that of the Fiesta - plus there are five engine sizes available. There’s plenty of room for five adults, too.

Renault Clio - Used from £175

Renault Clio

Still going strong, the Clio has long been a favourite with both the young and old. It's dealt with stiff competition from the Fiesta, Corsa and Polo and still sells well. New versions come with a tablet-style control screen on most models keeping it in tune with rivals.

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