There was once a time in which city cars had a bad name — they were often thought of as cheap and weighed down with plastic features. Now however, there are many stylish and sleek options that place fuel-efficiency and comfort as a priority. Today, we’re all on the look out for a car that suits our individual needs while also being fuel-efficient and stylish. Let’s take a look at five of the best premium city cars on the market today and find out how motor brands have adapted to create the perfect vehicles for 2020.
Due to the move towards low emissions zones in city centres, city cars have a big challenge to live up to — becoming more fuel-efficient than ever. ‘Clean air zone charges’ are already planned in Newcastle, Birmingham, and Derby, and most diesel drivers will have to pay £12.50 to drive into the centre of London.
Diesel cars that were manufactured before September 2015 are not likely to meet the current emissions standard (Euro 6) and drivers of such vehicles will therefore be the worst-hit by staggering charges. In light of these rapid changes and a push towards carbon efficiency, what better time to weigh up your options and invest in a new premium city car that adheres to the new city-centre regulations?
Let’s explore the most popular, stylish, and efficient city cars on the market in 2020 and help you find the perfect option for you.
The VW up! is tasteful, classy, and comfortable. The interiors are attractive, with a variety of coloured fabrics coming together to create a stylish design. You can purchase this compact city vehicle in both electric and petrol variations, allowing you to find the perfect car for your needs. The e-up! may be a little pricey, but it is considered a premium vehicle and leads the way amongst its main competitors including the Citigo e iV and Mii electric.
The up! takes around 14.9 seconds to get from 0-62mph and the 59bhp engine means that the insurance costs are fairly low. If you’re in the market for a more powerful vehicle however, check out the similar up! GTI.
For a suave and sophisticated option, take a look at the enticing Mercedes A-Class range. The A-Class is slightly larger than the other vehicles we’re considering, but with fuel-efficient options such as the plug-in hybrid variety (the A250e), Mercedes offers city centre efficiency while emulating the sought-after luxury the brand is famed for.
This vehicle features a compact lithium battery under the rear seat and powerful cooling systems under the bonnet. On a full charge, the A250e has an all-electric range of 42 miles — ideal for city excursions.
If you’re looking for a modern car with a fresh and youthful design, check out the Toyota Aygo. According to Toyota, the Aygo’s face was inspired by manga comics, and the vehicle certainly has an unusual and striking aesthetic. In addition to the Aygo’s eye-catching angles, it offers light, natural steering, and impressive control. These features make the Aygo the perfect city car, allowing you to park easily, in even the tightest of spaces.
Even though this model is a petrol car, the fuel economy is remarkable. The Aygo returns 69mpg, which is impressive even for such a small car.
The Kia Picanto is another excellent choice for anyone on the hunt for a stylish and compact city car. Leading the way in technological innovations, this vehicle comes equipped with features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity — making sure your in-car entertainment is smooth and easy.
This car looks tiny, but you’ll be surprised at the spacious boot space and the comfortable interiors. What’s more, Kia’s warranty lasts for seven years, which makes this car a great financial option that you can drive away from the dealership in with full peace of mind.
Last but not least, we have the Skoda Citigo e iV. This nifty electric vehicle boasts low running costs, spacious dimensions, and a minimal carbon footprint. For the cities of the future, which will no doubt all incorporate emissions charges, the Skoda Citigo e iV is a perfect choice.
This vehicle is ideal for local, city driving, and it can even reach up to 81 mph while still being quiet and comfortable to drive.
Driving in the city may look more costly in the future, but if you think carefully about your choice of premium city car today, you’ll get ahead of the crowds and enjoy a fuel- and cost-efficient drive for years to come.