Best Car for City Drivers: Mini Hatch

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First published: 9th August 2017
City driving is pretty demanding, so if you live in the city limits, you need a car that feels right at home on a busy street. There are plenty of options out there, but the most popular city cars usually tick a lot of boxes, including being small, manoeuvrable, and having lots of style.

That’s probably why the winner of our 2017 Best Car for City Drivers Award was the Mini Hatch. Why did it win? Well, owners love its quality, durability, features, looks and performance, ranking the car as number one in the class in all these areas.

Like most of our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of around 10,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion.

Here are just a few of the comments owners made about the Mini…
  • “Great car, excellent handling, power about right. I enjoy every drive in it.”
  • “The Mini Cooper is an ideal small car. It is more than powerful enough for its size and UK roads. The interior is a delight. The car is a joy to drive”
Our experts like the Mini Hatch, too, as you can see from our Expert Review.

The question is, will the Mini be able to retain its crown in 2018? Our Best City Cars feature will tell you what our experts think the best city cars are. Can any of these challenge the title this year? For instance, the Volkswagen Up gets close to the Mini on style, quality and image, all for a far lower price. Meanwhile, the Renault Zoe offers buyers an affordable electric option, while the Smart ForTwo Cabrio offers incredible manoeuvrability and open-top thrills.

Have your say on the outcome of our 2018 New Car Awards by completing the survey and letting us know what you think of your car. Be sure to watch out for the results on 24 May.

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