Best superminis 2018

These are the 10 best superminis of 2018 in a hard-fought class

The supermini is the king of the new car sales charts. Every month, they’re a regular fixture in the top 10 best-sellers, and usually top the overall leaderboard. But with so many models to choose from, which are the best? We’ve listed our 10 favourites in a class that has a number of hugely talented contenders, many of which have been updated in the past 12 months.

One car that dominates the sector, and the UK new car sales charts as a whole, is the Ford Fiesta. The last model had slipped down our rankings, but the arrival of the all-new Fiesta has seen this supermini stalwart rise to the top of the pile again. That’s quite an achievement when you consider the number of all-new models that have been pushed out the door ahead of its release.

We’ve seen a new Citroen C3, SEAT Ibiza, Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift and Kia Rio all join the fray lately, while other long-standing models in the class such as the Peugeot 208, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2 and Renault Clio have all been given a freshen up, too.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Fiesta can stay on top for long, because there’s an all-new Volkswagen Polo on the horizon. Again, this car could well move the goalposts yet again to become the benchmark in the field, just like its predecessor. But you shouldn’t forget other staples of the class, such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Skoda Fabia or Honda Jazz, while buyers on a budget that still want a new car will overlook the super-cheap Dacia Sandero at their peril.

Further up the food chain, the premium supermini is worth a look, although the MINI is nearly as big as a VW Golf these days, and the Audi A1 and DS3 are getting on a bit compared to the rest of the supermini pack.

Best superminis to buy now

  • 1. Ford Fiesta
  • 2. SEAT Ibiza
  • 3. MINI 5-Door
  • 4. Skoda Fabia
  • 5. Citroen C3
  • 6. VW Polo
  • 7. Suzuki Baleno
  • 8. Mazda 2
  • 9. Dacia Sandero
  • 10. Vauxhall Corsa
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