When it comes to getting around, all of us want a dependable, stylish car that won't break the bank. What better in this day and age than a supermini? Historically, the supermini range included quite small cars, but as the years have gone on, these cars have increased in size and can now accommodate a small family. From the Ford Fiesta, to the Vauxhall Corsa, to the Audi A1, today's superminis check all the boxes in terms of quality and affordability, and there are also some spectacular diesel options available at great prices. In this blog, supermini experts at Carbase take an in depth look at the top six superminis on the market and take a close look at their diesel counterparts.
For decades, Ford models have been regarded as some of the best when it comes to style, fuel efficiency, durability and performance. The Ford Fiesta is no exception. With an attractive design and an overall exceptional driving experience, it comes as no surprise that this model is one of the favourites amongst Carbase customers. Its small size makes the Fiesta ideal for short journeys around town, but it also handles remarkably well at high motorway speeds. As an added benefit, the diesel version also has a fantastic engine with more torque than its petrol brother, giving the driver that extra boost they need.
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Highly distinctive in appearance, with the typical MINI originality that we've all become accustomed to, the MINI Cooper is another strong contender for the best supermini on market. BMW have gone out of their way to produce a car that's truly exceptional, but still won't be a huge financial hit either. The MINI cooper handles well, has a great standard safety kit and you won't be let down with its superb performance.
There are also a wide range of styling options available and a variety of engines to choose from. Perhaps the most cost effective would be the diesel engine, which can get over 80mpg and emits 89g/km of CO2. Additionally, the diesel version also falls into road tax band B, so there are potentially huge savings to be made.
Another great choice in the supermini range is, of course, the Peugeot 208. Whether you're a new driver looking for your first run around or a parent looking for a small family car, the Peugeot 208 ticks all the right boxes. With a chic exterior and comfortable, yet high-quality cabin, the 208 is also affordable to run. Whilst the car may not be able to live up to the ride and handling of that of the Fiesta and Corsa, it still holds its own amongst superminis of a similar spec. The diesel range consists of a 1.4 and 91bhp and 113bhp 1.6s, both of which are quite nifty whilst still being fuel efficient. Needless to say, the Peugeot 208 is definitely a wise choice for your next supermini.
If you're looking for a hint of luxury in your supermini, the Audi A1 is a fast favourite. Classy and compact with that classic premium finish, the car not only lives up to expectations, but exceeds them. The car is a pleasure to drive and consistently performs to an extremely high standard. One downside of the A1 is that the upfront cost is slightly higher than that of other superminis. However, you can make huge savings by opting for a used model at Carbase. Furthermore, low emissions will keep tax costs to a minimum and the fuel efficiency means you might actually end up saving a penny or two! For the best running costs, the 1.6 TDI model is an excellent choice. You can also have peace of mind knowing that if you decide to sell the car on in a few years' time, you'll still be able to get a decent return on your investment.
The little French supermini is back again and this time we're more impressed than ever. With an eye catching design and a quality interior feel, the Renault Clio handles well, drives well and performs well. Despite looking quite small from the outside, the supermini has a decent amount of cabin space and a boot that won't struggle to fit in a week's worth of shopping. In addition, the diesel model is highly efficient in terms of running costs with 67.3mpg. However, if you're looking for a petrol engine, there are several more options to choice from.
Last, but most certainly not least, the Vauxhall Corsa. There's a reason why the Corsa is so popular amongst motorists; it's a car you can depend on, it has excellent safety equipment as standard and it's reasonably affordable to purchase, run and maintain. The ideal first car for a new driver, the Corsa is easy and enjoyable to drive and comes in a wide range of trims to choose from. The 94bhp 1.3 litre diesel is perhaps the most noteworthy; with 85.6mpg and 87g/km CO2 emissions, the car won't cost you a penny in tax. Come and view the latest range of used Vauxhall Corsa models at Carbase today.
Ultimately, investing in a supermini is an excellent way of saving money on upfront costs, tax, fuel and insurance. With so many excellent models on the market, of the diesel variety in particular, it is easy to understand why people are flocking to Carbase to get their hands on one of our used superminis. Visit us today at one of our showrooms or call a member of the team to book a test drive on any car that takes your fancy.