Citroën has a long history of making popular small cars, with the 2CV, manufactured from 1948 until 1990, being the most iconic. While the 2CV – the original supermini – has become a modern classic, Citroën has continued to produce quality small cars which are proving popular for their practicality, great fuel economy, low emissions and stylish good looks.

The small car has increased in popularity, especially with rising fuel prices and an increase in urban living across the UK. Clever configurations, such as split-fold rear seats and the choice of three- and five-door models, means that small cars are more versatile than ever and cargo space has definitely improved in the new generation models. With most small cars now able to carry five adults in comfort, they are becoming popular for families as well as singles and couples. Improvements in safety features in small car models - such as three-point seat belts for all passengers and multiple airbags - mean more drivers are feeling comfortable and assured in small cars, dispelling the myth that more metal always means more safety.

C1

C3

DS3

C1
Citroën C1 is fast becoming a common sight on UK roads. With a length of just 3,440mm and a turning circle of 9.63 metres, it is a true compact car that is easy to park and manoeuvre. It is available in three-door and five-door configurations for more versatility. Combined fuel economy is a budget-pleasing 4.3 litres per 100km (4.5 for the EGS).
C3
The next small car up the Citroën scale is the well-appointed C3. An affordable five-door car, the C3 again offers a range of petrol and diesel engines and manual, automatic, ETG and EGS gearboxes. It is a little bigger than a compact car, definitely practical for families and still offers plenty of small car benefits. Even at the base level of trim, the VT, the standard specification is high and includes ABS brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, multiple airbags, electric door mirrors, MP3 compatibility, variable power steering and front electric windows.
DS3
At the sporty end of the Citroën small car spectrum is DS3, much loved by hot hatch fans. Best known for its many successes in the World Rally Championship at the hands of drivers such as Sébastien Loeb, the showroom models bring WRC style and performance to everyday drivers. The sharp, rally-inspired looks inside and out are reflected with excellent performance from the petrol and turbo diesel engines on offer. As well as powerful engines, there are five- and six-speed manual gearboxes and a four-speed automatic gearbox on offer. With head-turning style and an unprecedented level of customisation, DS3 may be the most flexible Citroën on the market – from the original design has come the hot-rodded DS3 Racing, the Ultra Prestige model and the new Citroën DS3 Cabrio.

Finding the best small car will require some research on your part; we recommend downloading brochures and studying them. Also, don’t forget to take your supermini for a test drive; you can book to test drive any of our small cars from the links above.