Which are the best used small cars to look out for in 2018? We look at the best, most reliable and cost effective used small cars to buy in 2018...

The best used cars of 2018

  • Most reliable small car: Skoda Citigo
  • Most reliable everyday car: Kia Cee'd
  • Best small car: Ford Fiesta



The best and most reliable small & everyday used cars in the UK

Advertise A Car For FreeWe look at the very best of the UK's market or small cars, city cars and the most reliable cars to buy on the second hand cars market today.



Most Reliable Small Car in the UK

The Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

The latest, facelift model of Ford's ever-outstanding Fiesta model is a true battleship for reliablity. And beyond the purchase price you can rely on these popular cars to be pocket-friendly during routine maintenance and repairs too.


There's a good reason why we buy and sell so many of these little eye-friendly cars in the UK...


Carbuyer.co.uk says:

"It has lost none of its predecessor’s sparkle on winding backroads, but thanks to being slightly larger, manages to feel more grown-up on motorways. That extra space also means rear passenger room has increased, while in the front, the completely new dashboard design is a vast improvement and means the Fiesta now has what it takes to compete with the best the class has to offer. All cars above entry-level Style come with an infotainment touchscreen, and the wide model range includes the the sporty ST-Line, posh Vignale and the Active crossover – so there really is a Fiesta for everyone. The diesel engines and their 80mpg-plus economy make sense if you cover long distances, but the petrols appeal most: the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost – which is available in three power outputs – is an absolute gem. Factor in a pitch-perfect driving position and it’s clear Ford is really onto a winner."



Best City Car

The Skoda Citigo

Skoda Citigo

This stylish little car appears small on the outside, however on the inside it offers lashings of extras, plenty of seating space for 4 and all the storage you could want for your day-to-day city commute and shopping runs.

You will notice this car on the roads - It's small without being too small and the engines are nippy...


Autoexpress.co.uk says:


"The Skoda Citigo is a great city car, and it’s also reliable! The small car class is one of the most competitive out there, but the Citigo edged out the Hyundai i10 Mk2 and the Honda Jazz Mk2 for reliability, topping the sector by just 0.05 per cent. Low running costs and ease of driving also make the nippy Citigo a great option when looking for a used car."



Best Second Hand Small Car

The Kia Cee'd

Kia Cee'd

Historically Kia have not been noted for their style, whereas reliability has never been an issue for these South Korean manufacturers.

However in the last decade or so more and more of Kia's offerings are being introduced to UK roads with a blend that suits. Western style is now a priorty in the design of both Kia and their national counterparts Hyundai and their cars have steadily been competing with the more familiar offerings of better recognised German, French and American manufacturers.

We like what they're doing, parts and servicing are affordable and when you look at style, performance and affordability together the Kia Cee'd seems to have it all.


With reliability in their blood, the introduction of real style and competitive features makes the Kia Cee'd a true outright winner.


Carbuyer.co.uk says:

"The Kia Cee’d is an excellent family hatchback that’s quietly competent in almost every area. It’s spacious, feels well built and, even if it’s not the best car to drive in its class, is just at home pootling around town as it is cruising quietly on the motorway. Secondhand values aren’t a Cee’d strong suit, so bagging a bargain shouldn’t prove difficult. A three-year-old diesel with average mileage can be yours for about £7,000, representing a saving of more than 50% on the car’s cost when new. The best news? Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is full transferable on the used market, so you can buy with long-term peace of mind. Look out for cars in the 3 trim level, which get touchscreen sat nav, dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels and climate control. The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines are worth tracking down, depending on whether you’ll use the car around town or for higher-mileage driving."

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