Little cars

Tiny cars, minute cars, little cars. Call them what you will, but there's no denying that they're handy in a squeeze

John Evans
Apr 8, 2022

If you have a small driveway, restricted garage spaced or are just after a car that's easy to park, then buying a little car could be high on your shopping list.

But how little is little? Some small cars are a mere 2.7m in length (the Smart Fortwo, for instance) but the Renault Twizy, while technically not a fully-fledged car because of how small and light it is, is shorter still at just over 2.3m. 

For the purposes of this guide, we’ve defined little as being no shorter than 3.4m - and no longer than 3.6m - plenty small enough to fit into the minimum local authority parking space which is 4.8m.

Best little cars

1. Toyota Aygo

Length 3,465mm
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Just 1mm separates the Aygo from its sister car the Citroen C1. To be fair it’s not a difference you’ll notice and can be explained by the car’s different bumpers, since both cars are otherwise identical under the skin.

Incidentally, three and five-door versions of the Aygo are the same length. Meanwhile, as titchy as it is, all versions from X-Play - the second trim level - upwards have a reversing camera.

TOYOTA AYGO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Citroen C1

Length 3,466mm
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As we’ve seen, the C1 is just 1mm longer than the Aygo, an increase you won’t notice as you manoeuvre the car in and out of tight spaces.

However, to have a reversing camera you’ll need to go to the third and most expensive trim level in the range: Flair. Look for Airscape models if you want a folding fabric roof.

CITROEN C1 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Peugeot 108

Length: 3,475mm 
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Although essentially it’s the same car as the Aygo and C1 (they’re part of a joint venture) the 108 is quite a bit longer, relatively speaking.

A pity, then, that a reversing camera doesn't become standard until the third trim level in the range, called Allure. Similarly, there is a version with a folding fabric roof called Top.

PEUGEOT 108 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Seat Mii

Length 3,557mm
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Around 9cm or three inches separates this model from the smaller Toyota Aygo. That could make all the difference if you’re trying to park in a cramped garage or on a short driveway. No reversing camera is available either as standard or as an option with the little Seat, although fortunately, it’s easy to locate its corners when manoeuvring.

Petrol versions are economical, but for the last word in efficiency drivers could consider the electric version, which is more expensive to buy.

SEAT MII BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Fiat 500

Length 3,571mm
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Where, so far, the other cars are available in convenient five-door form (in fact, it’s the only body style the Seat Mii comes in) the Fiat 500 is a three-door only.

That’s really only a problem when you’re in tight parking spots and someone in the back seat has to squeeze out of the car. Unfortunately that’s where the little Fiat 500 will often find itself. Rear parking sensors are standard on Lounge, the second trim level, upwards.

FIAT 500 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Renault Twingo

Length 3,595mm
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The Renault Twingo exceeds our self-imposed maximum length but rules are made to be broken. We’ve included it here because, thanks to its rear-mounted engine, it has a remarkably tight turning circle.

This means that despite its extra length, the Twingo can be manoeuvred within very small spaces. There are fewer used examples to choose from, though there is a fairly even split between the basic 1.0-litre petrol engine and the more economical and more powerful 0.9-litre turbocharged engine.

RENAULT TWINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

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48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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