The Aygo has been built for the European market since 2005 at a factory in the Czech Republic, which Toyota shares with Citroen and Peugeot. Toyota offers a range of optional extras to customize the Aygo for new buyers, to suit each customer’s unique personality. The car has enjoyed one of the highest reliability and customer satisfaction ratings in its class.
The Aygo is being offered in as many as six different models which nearly double in price from the base variant to the top end. The standard powertrain consists of a 1.0 litre petrol engine capable of 69 hp, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The basic model comes with all the features of a city car including remote locking, front power windows, and a radio with mp3 capability. Tire pressure warning system and hill-start assist control are also part of the standard package now.
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The 2017 Fiat 500 is an Italian icon. It has a 1.4 litre I4 engine under the hood, with five-speed manual transmission. 101 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque result in a good balance of performance and fuel economy. The car is also being offered with a six-speed automatic transmission. US retail prices start at $14,995.
In response to consumer demand Fiat has begun offering the 500 with multiple packages such as ‘two-tone’, ‘pop’, ‘blackout’ and many more. One of the more advertised features of the car is its considerable interior spaciousness. A one-touch power sunroof is also available.
The car’s 7-inch customizable driver information digital cluster display has replaced traditional gauges. In addition is a 5-inch full color touchscreen to go with the car’s media hub. This infotainment system incorporates voice command functionality and hands free calling among other conveniences. Fiat has designed the car’s automatic climate control such that it will keep the interior at the constant set temperature regardless of the weather outside.
3) Citroën C1
Produced jointly by PSA Peugeot Citroën and Toyota, the C1 is mechanically identical to the Peugeot 108. The car is being offered in three and five-door hatchback variants. Creatively named variants of the C1 include the ‘Touch’, ‘Feel’, ‘Furio’ and ‘Flair’.
The standard 1.0 litre, three-cylinder inline engine produces 68 hp. It partners with a five-speed manual transmission to give the car a more than decent fuel economy of 56 mpg in the city. 0 to 60 mph is reached in 14.3 seconds. Top speed is 99 mph.
Electronic stability program, variable power assisted steering, an mp3 capable audio system and front lateral and curtain airbags are all standard features on the basic model. The C1 has received superlative safety and reliability ratings, and its worldwide sales have remained steady. From time to time the car is made available in special and limited edition versions for enthusiasts.
4) Peugeot 108
Peugeot’s compact city car is available in three-door hatchback and cabrio variants. Manufacturers now offer as many as eight paint finishes, nine interior ambiences, and seven personalization themes to allow new buyers to make their 108s truly unique.
The 108 is available with an optional 7-inch color touchscreen display, which acts as the interface for the car’s audio system and doubles as a screen for the backup cam. Other options consist of digital radio, keyless entry, push button start, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Peugeot also opted to pack the 108 with a range of safety features including tire pressure sensors, multiple airbags, and the newest gen electronic stability program (ESP). Other features such as the car’s optional automatic air conditioning allows for different temperature settings in the front and back. A choice of stylish interior trims is available depending on the 108 variant one chooses to buy.
5) Vauxhall Viva
Vauxhall’s small city car has five doors, five seats and a great deal of practicality. The 40/60 split folding rear seat adds to the car’s flexibility. The Viva’s 1.0 litre, three-cylinder petrol engine produces a peak output of 74 hp. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual. Fuel efficiency is claimed to be 54 mpg in city driving.
Optional extras on the base variant of the car include an infotainment system compatible with Apple and Android devices. This system comes with a 7-inch color touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Features on the vehicle’s display allow occupants to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music either from the touchscreen or by using voice commands. Also available is the 4G in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, which can connect up to seven devices simultaneously.
The OnStar variant of the Viva has in-built automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, remote vehicle diagnostics and many other useful extras.
6) Suzuki Celerio
The Celerio was first unveiled in 2014 as Suzuki’s affordable compact city car. The 2017 Celerio is being offered in as many as 12 versions in some markets, with a view to compete with a range of other cars in this lucrative segment.
The car is designed to maximize leg space and interior comfort. Under the hood is a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, VVT, MPI petrol engine producing 67 hp. The Celerio is now being offered with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Either gearbox makes the car a fuel-efficient option with a long range for city driving. The Celerio features a transmission control unit (TCU), which uses the car’s hydraulics to shift gears.
In some markets Suzuki also offers the car with diesel engines and other fuel options. An improved suspension has enhanced the car’s ride comfort and handling. A multitude of active and passive safety features include the car’s electronic stability program and six airbags.
7) Seat Mii
Seat’s new small family city car seeks to combine styling and technology to offer exceptional economy while looking good. New owners also get to pick from a range of customizable options to help them show off their creative side. While most cars can be had in a choice of colors for the outside, the Mii can also be personalized with interior colors. Details of the dash and steering wheel, upholstery and road wheels can all be handpicked.
The optional sunroof makes the compact car seem more spacious. A smartphone holder in the middle of the car’s dash, a compatible audio system and an app designed specifically for the Mii combine to provide exceptional connectivity on the go. Even the menu color on the car’s infotainment system can be personalized.
The car’s sensors make parallel parking easier. A number of safety features have contributed to the car’s five-star safety rating as awarded by EuroNCAP.
8) Volkswagen Up
Ever since its launch in 2011 the VW Up has been a popular city car in Europe. It measures-up well to the stringent EU environmental standards without compromising on performance or interior comfort aspects. VW offers the car in a range of variants including one powered by natural gas.
With the right app installed, Volkswagen’s smartphone car dock connects to the internet for navigation maps and infotainment with multiple functionalities. A rapid handwriting recognition feature supported by the VW app is meant to prevent distracting the driver from paying attention to the road.
The car’s sporty interiors remain customizable with a choice of upholstery, dash pad designs, ambient lighting, and so on. A multifunction steering wheel puts the driver firmly in command. The Up also comes with a range of exterior trims and designer alloy wheels.
Advanced safety features make the Up one of the safest cars in its class. Power and fuel consumption also meet high standards.
9) Skoda Citigo
Competitively priced for the European market and matching the best features of the most popular cars in its segment, the 2017 Citigo is Skoda’s five-door small city car. It is designed to be compact, agile and spacious. The 1.0 litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is meant to be flexible; equally at home while driving around town or outside of the city. A low environmental signature is a desirable by-product of the car’s efficient engine.
The Citigo has received exceptional safety ratings. Its built-in electronic stabilization control system ensures total directional control during evasive maneuvers and in imperfect driving conditions. Ventilated front disc brakes provide more than sufficient stopping power. Other tech specs also match the best cars in its category.
Skoda claims it to be one of the best equipped cars in class, even without the vast array of optional extras. A range of financing options is available to ease immediate ownership.
10) Hyundai i10
One of Hyundai’s best-selling cars, the i10 is now available with a bold new look and much-enhanced connectivity features. The car is meant to be spacious, practical and good looking.
A five-speed manual transmission, front wheel drive, a 3-cylinder DOHC, 12-valve, 1.0 litre petrol engine, max power output of 67 hp and a top speed of 97 mph are all class standard features of the 2017 i10. Hyundai is also offering the car with a more powerful 1.2 litre, four-cylinder engine. There is also an automatic variant for those who prefer not to drive stick shift.
The new i10 features a multitude of safety features, which are standard on some variants and optional with others. Some of these include the lane departure warning system, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), and emergency stop signal (ESS). Cruise control with speed limiter makes life easier behind the wheel.