Best new small cars coming in 2020

There's plenty of exciting new small cars ready to launch in 2020. We have all the details right here

James Wilson
Mar 30, 2020

There will always be a market for small cars, so it's really no surprise that we will be seeing plenty of new ones hitting the roads over the course of 2020. Over the last decade we have seen the rise and rise of the SUV, but there is still a substantial place in the hearts of many for a good old city car full of charisma and optimism.

As increasing numbers of us move towards a more urban lifestyle, the convenience of having a small run-around to duck and weave among congested side streets is hard to argue with, and small cars such as these ones listed here often prove to be some of the most enjoyable cars to drive.

Whether it's the practicality-driven maturity of the Honda Jazz, or the puppy-like exuberance of a Mini John Cooper Works, small cars offer more than just ease of parking.

It's not all rosy for the humble city-car though, as emissions restrictions get tighter, these small run around have found their natural habitat becoming increasingly uninhabitable. So these cars should not only offer the practicality and enjoyment of their size, but also low-emission usability around town.

So, if you're tempted by a switch to a small car, you're in the right place, as we've got five examples here that are set to light up city streets near you in 2020. Read on for all the details.

Best new small cars coming in 2020

1. Honda Jazz

Expected starting price £17,000
UK due date Summer 2020

Those who thought the previous-generation Honda Jazz did a little too much living up to its name with its striking styling can rest easy, as this Japanese small car is going back to its roots by offering a more toned down appearance. The 2020 Jazz is set to further honour its ancestors with the kind of practicality few rivals get close to matching – case in point being Honda’s magic rear seats.

All 2020 Jazz models will come as a self-charging hybrid, meaning the electronics are modest in their size and are there to assist the petrol engine rather than substitute it. Unlike any previous Jazz, Honda is offering a crossover-styled Crosstar model (shown here in green), which brings a raised ride height, roof bars and body cladding.

2019 Honda Jazz deals Limited stock

2. Hyundai i10

Expected starting price £11,000
UK due date Early 2020

Hyundai has been turning the heat up on its European rivals recently – the i30 N hot hatch really threw a cat amongst the pigeons – and the next-generation i10 looks set to do the same. Not only does the smaller i10 look upmarket, but it also comes with technology such as a proper touchscreen information and media unit (something that trumps rivals such as the Volkswagen Up) and lane keep assist.

It doesn’t end there either, with wireless phone charging, climate control and electric windows all available. Hyundai has confirmed two petrol engines (carried over from the old model) will be available and prices will start around the £11,000 mark.

2019 Hyundai i10 deals from £6,493
Monthly finance from £111

3. Hyundai i20 and i20 N

Expected starting price £19,000
UK due date Mid-2020

Hyundai is expected to launch an all-new i20 supermini by the middle of 2020. At the same time, the Korean car manufacturer is also expected to release its first performance supermini under the i20 N moniker. While the standard i20 isn’t expected to come with any new engine options (they will be the same as the outgoing model), great strides have been made with regards to the level of technology and safety kit on offer.

Hyundai will be hoping that the hot i20 N will be able to knock the Ford Fiesta ST of its perch at the top of the performance supermini sector. Exact details are still few and far between but the Korean pocket-rocket is expected to come with around 200hp, be front-wheel drive and offer some (or all) of the go-faster electronics as found in the i30 N, such as an e-differential.

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4. Mini John Cooper Works GP

Expected starting price £35,000
UK due date 2020

£35,000 might seem eye-watering for a Mini hatchback, but the performance being touted is just as eye-watering. Power output is claimed to be north of 300hp – unheard of in performance superminis – and just 3,000 units will be made globally - this is going to be quite a special little thing.

Mini hasn’t just added power though, the 2020 John Cooper Works GP is set to come with incredibly aggressive styling (thanks to flared wheel arches and a massive rear wing), huge brakes and reworked suspension and chassis setups. This really could be one of the best small cars of 2020, that price though... ouch.

2019 Mini John Cooper Works deals Limited stock

5. Toyota Yaris

Expected starting price £14,000 (for non-hybrid models)
UK due date Late 2020

Amid the release of the slightly mad Toyota Yaris GRMN, Toyota is on the cusp of introducing radically re-designed regular Yaris. While previous models have been a touch conservative, the latest generation is looking to break away from this – no doubt in a bid to attract younger buyers to the brand.

Initially, the new Yaris will be offered as standard as a self-charging hybrid only, but as time progresses Toyota is expected to offer non-hybrid petrol alternatives. Furthermore, Toyota is improving the convenience and safety kit on available, with key tech including a 10-inch colour head-up display and Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of features – the latter bringing lane departure warning, road sign assist and pre-collision warning.

2019 Toyota Yaris deals from £9,132
Monthly finance from £151

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