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Though these cars might typically be considered on the lower end of the market, they bring a sense of luxury to the city driving experience. Nothing compares to being able to slip easily between traffic and park in tight spots.
With that said, there is still substantial variation in the quality of different small cars designed for the city. Here we collect the best of the best.
Skoda Citigo
As the name might imply, this car is designed for an urban landscape. The Citigo is an impressive car from Skoda. The carmaker has certainly shed its Soviet roots and has come a long way. The Citigo regularly tops lists of the best city car.

The car comes in a range of trims and specs. In the top of the range model you get alloy wheels, tinted glass windows and bluetooth connectivity.
There are two engine sizes to choose from. There’s the 59 bhp version as well as the 74bhp version. Both have a 1.0-liter engine.
Speed is not fantastic, but efficiency is excellent. Skoda claims that the car will do 62.8 mpg.
Toyota Aygo
It seems as if Toyota have gotten a little tired of making the same car over and over again. With the new Aygo, they’ve taken as different design language. The unusual front end of the car is allegedly based on manga comic books. It has a strange cross pattern that runs from the hood down to the wheel arches.
What makes the car great isn’t the new looks. It’s the impressive architecture under the all the body work. The car now feels a lot more supple than the older versions. And it makes a good amount of noise in the corners. The steering isn’t bad either and is by most accounts light and airy. That certainly helps when it comes to parking. You should be able to pick up a new Aygo from a reputable Toyota dealer.

Hyundai i10
Hyundai set out to prove that you could have a genuinely enjoyable driving experience in a city car. And they weren’t mistaken. They took what was otherwise an unpleasant buzz box and transformed it into a car with all the life and quality of a top of the range supermini.
Hyundai’s design philosophy for this car is practicality. Unlike the Skoda, it only comes in a 5-door version. And the build quality is very high. It’s more akin to what you would expect from a new Golf than a new Hyundai.
Of course, Hyundai is a relatively small player in a vast market. So they’ve got a lot to prove.

Vauxhall Viva
The Vauxhall has a lot to commend it, not least the extraordinarily low price. The original Viva proved popular in Europe when it was first launched. And the new model builds on this success.
The car is far better equipped than most of its rivals. It has electric windows, cruise control and even electric mirrors as standard. Air conditioning is a slightly pricey add-on. But not significant when you consider the car as a whole package.


There’s nothing like experiencing the open road while riding a motorbike. You’re closer to nature and feel freer to boot. It’s no wonder that motorcycles have quite a cult following.

But motorcycling is full of pitfalls for the newbie. Many new motorcyclists believe that it won’t be all that different from driving a car. But the truth is that there is a large difference between the two modes of transport. And it doesn’t just involve the obvious things, like the fact that a motorbike only has two wheels instead of four.
That’s why I’ve put together a guide for first-time motorcyclists. Here are some of the most important things you’ll need to bear in mind if you want to stay safe and happy on the road.
Find The Location Of Your Fuel Valve
Having a fuel valve depends on whether your bike is carbureted or not. If it is, then the chances are that you’ll have one.
But why are fuel valves necessary? The fuel valve is what controls the flow of gas from the tank to the motor. If the valve isn’t turned to the on position, then no gas will flow to your engine, and you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Fuel valves become important in situations where you find yourself low on fuel. Aside from on and off, there is usually another setting on the valve that says “res” for reserve. If the bike starts to splutter because you’ve run out of fuel while you are on the road, that can be potentially dangerous. It’s, therefore, a good idea to practice reaching for the valve and turning it to “res” so that the bike can use gas from the reserve tank.
Choose The Right Course
Just like drivers, motorcyclists need to choose the right course to prepare them for their permit tests. Motorcycles come in different categories, and there are difference licenses for each.
It’s worth going to a website where you can see more about the ins and outs of permit tests, and why you might want to spend some time practicing them.
Ride Defensively
One of the problems that motorcycles have is their small size. It means that other road users often put them in the same category that they would pedestrians and bikes. In other words, slow moving things.
Many drivers won’t often clock motorcycles, even when they’re approaching at speed. And so it means that in busy areas, motorcyclists need to act as if everyone is about to make a mistake. That car at the T-junction? Assume that it’s going to pull out in front of you. That person at the crossing? Assume that they’re suddenly going to jump across the road.
If you can anticipate the mistakes of other drivers, you’ll be a much safer on the road.
Adjust Your Mirrors
Motorcycles aren’t as sophisticated as cars. And so it’s not always possible to adjust your mirrors after you’ve set off. Thus, if somebody else has used your bike since you last used it, check the mirrors are set up correctly before setting off.

While it’s hardly the norm anymore, many parents want to buy their kids their first car. It does make for a great gift when they’ve passed their driving test. But deciding on a car to buy your teen can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience itself. How many times have we seen in films or on TV an eager teen being disappointed by the banger their parent bought them?


Obviously, your child should just be grateful that they’ve got a car at all! But if you are concerned about the kind of car you want to get your child, check this guide.


Consider speaking to them


Here’s a novel idea – have you thought about asking them about the kind of car they want? Many people want to totally surprise their kid with the new car. Of course, this is understandable. But if you find yourself really concerned about what you’re going to get, why not get more information from them? They could already be dropping hints, so make sure to listen and take mental notes. You could try trying to get the info from them without giving away your plans, but that could be pretty difficult. So think about simply talking to them straight-up about the kind of car they want.



Don’t let the media dictate your decision


There are a lot of ways the media can influence you in this decision. It can make you ignore what your child wants and make you purchase something you’d think they want. The fact that those Fast and Furious films have made billions of dollars doesn’t mean you have to get your kid something flashy and ridiculous. And the fact that your child is a girl doesn’t mean you should buy them a pink car. Don’t fall back on popular assumptions. If you’re really unsure, see the last tip!


Remember that you can customise


Maybe you’ve found the perfect used car, from a mechanical point of view. But if the colour of the car is your child’s least favourite colour, then you’re going to be tempted to walk away. Not so fast! Remember that you can alter aspects of the vehicle. You could change the colour of the car with a new paint job. You can get a private number plate if you want to add some uniqueness or novelty. You could replace the leather with other materials if your child has an ethical problem with leather.



Provide them with helpful material

You should consider providing three things with the car you buy for your child. Get them a good mapping system so they can feel more confident finding their way. You could look into GPS or even provide them with those old-school map books. Give them all of the informative reading material that came with the vehicle. They should know exactly how that car works. And don’t hog all the insurance information! It’s sometimes tempting for parents to leave the legal side away from their kids, to save them the hassle. But your kid should become accustomed to the insurance world as soon as possible. Oh, and if you want to remind them to drive safe, make sure to put a copy of the Highway Code in there. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it, or at least lovingly roll their eyes.