Top 10 versatile small cars: our ranking

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In Italy, segment B cars, the so-called small cars, continues to enjoy excellent consideration, more so than other markets of the same level. These cars have compact dimensions of around 4 meters in length, which puts them in the perfect middle ground between a classic city car and a more robust touring sedan. Simply put, small cars are cheap all-rounders. By tracking the registration data in the Bel Paese during the 2023 calendar year, we will find out which models from this range enjoy the most appeal.

Tenth place, Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

PUSH Ford Fiesta falls into this category even though it is no longer produced. During the year, the Blue Oval icon was pulled, but even though its commercial adventure is over, there are still some small stocks ready for registration. After all, its versatility still appeals to many people. It is 4.04 meters long and has a load capacity of 292 liters (1,093 with the rear seats folded down). Its styling is personal, with chiseled lines from which a massive front fascia juts out. The engines are exclusively gasoline, from 75 HP in the 1.1 to 200 HP in the ST variant. Price from 21,250 euros while supplies last.

Ninth place, Audi A1

Audi A1

L’ Audi A1 it is the only car considered premium in this ranking. The smallest of the Ingolstadt cars can be available in two variants: Sportback and Allstreet. With its 4.03 meters in length, it fully falls into this ranking, in which it excels with the quality of its assemblies, excellent workmanship and sculpted appearance. The space on board is decent and its carrying capacity sufficient (335 liters, 1,090 with the seats folded down). All engines are petrol and range from the smallest three-cylinder with 95 hp to a full-fledged inline four with 207 hp. Price from 23,500 euros.

Eighth place, Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The German small car is now in its sixth generation and is based on the Mqb platform shared with the Audi A1 and Seat Ibiza. The 4.07-meter-long Wolfsburg queen underwent a major restyling in 2021 that refreshed its appearance and implemented its features. It is clear that the finishes and assemblies are more than good, while the trunk is not among the best in the category: from 251 to 1,125 liters with the rear seatbacks folded down. Engines on offer are 80 HP 1.0 Evo, 95 HP 1.0 turbo and 1.0 Tgi methane. Price from 23,100 euros.

Seventh place, Renault Clio

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PUSH Renault Clio has always been considered one of the queens of the Italian market, ever since the first generation born in the early nineties of the last century. The French small car recently received an update that brought it a new nose, even more modern and fresh. However, the line remains dynamic and impressive. The 4.05-meter-long Transalpine wagon stands out with its spacious interior, even for four adults. The range of engines is wide, from gasoline to a fully hybrid version, including LPG. A 100 HP diesel is also available. Price from 17,250 euros.

Sixth place, Peugeot 208

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Aggressive, fresh and sparkling line Peugeot 208 it is one of the most popular cars in Europe, including Italy. The new version of the French small car delights with its style, but also with rich and technological functions. With a length of 4.06 meters, it demonstrates the proverbial compactness and agility, but it also manages to combine carrying capacity perfectly: from 265 to 1,004 liters. A wide selection of engines is available, from the most standard gasoline engines to to electric e-208 and the 136 HP Hybrid e-Dcs6. Price from 20,100 euros.

Fifth place, Opel Corsa

Opel Corsa

PUSH Opel Corsa it shares a platform with the Peugeot 208, as both are part of the great Stellantis galaxy. The small car of German origin received a substantial update in 2019, making it more modern and attractive. It has a strong and solid appearance, is 4.06 meters long and the volume of the luggage compartment varies from 267 to 1,081 liters. The range of engines is equivalent to that of its French “cousin”, however in this case there are two electric variants, one with 136 and the other with 156 HP. Price from 19,450 euros.

Fourth place, Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris

PUSH Toyota Yaris with a length of only 3.94 meters, it is one of the most compact in this ranking, but it is one of the most appreciated by the Italian audience. The reasons are simple: reliability, safety, care and interior quality. Not to mention that thanks to the 1.5 116 HP hybrid engine, it can consume very little (3.8 liters per 100 km). Alternatively, you can always choose the classic 1.0 naturally aspirated 72 HP. Perhaps the trunk is not its strong point: 286 liters. Price from 24,100 euros.

Third place, Citroen C3

Citroen C3

Waiting to see how the latest generation will fare Citroen C3, which is radically changing, we put in the third place in the ranking what is a real bestseller in Italy and still garners a roaring response. The third generation of the Alpine small car was praised for its non-conformist style with soft and rounded lines. It is only 4 meters long and yet boasts good habitability and an enviable carrying capacity: from 300 to 922 liters. It is offered with a 1.2 with 83 HP and with a 110 HP turbo, and also in a 102 HP diesel version. Price from 18,200 euros.

Second place, Lancia Ypsilon

Lancia Ypsilon

Put second for some Lancia Ypsilon it may sound like blasphemy, however the small Italian is rewarded by the market and is the second best-selling small car of the year in the entire Italian trunk. One might add that the Ypsilon is a B-segment car only on paper, and given that the platform is shared with the Fiat Panda, they would even be right (only 3.84 meters long). The fact is that reality places the Ypsilon in the small car department, where it excels in style and individuality, even after twelve years under its belt. Over time, it has received many updates, including technological ones, thanks to which it is still up-to-date and appreciated precisely for the compromise between quality and price. But the trunk is limited: from 210 to 820 liters with the rear seats folded down. Two engines are available: 1.0 hybrid 72 HP and 1.2 69 HP LPG. Price from 17,650 euros.

First place among small cars, Dacia Sandero

Dacia sandero

It comes out on top among versatile small cars Dacia Sandero, which is the best-selling small car in Italy during 2023. Its strength lies specifically in an exceptional quality-price ratio enhanced by a very spacious and airy interior. The car is 4.07 meters long, while the trunk ranges from 328 to 1,186 liters. It shares a technical basis with the Renault Clio, which also makes it appreciable for its impressive dynamic characteristics. Engines range from a petrol 1.0 with 65 or 90 HP (last turbo) to a dual-fuel LPG version with 101 HP. Price from 13,250 euros.

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