If your current car is too big, or you need something cheaper to run, it’s probably time to think about downsizing your car.
Whether you have a large hatchback or a mid-size SUV, there are plenty of smaller and less expensive options available. Here’s our pick of 5 most practical cars to downsize into..
Superminis are popular, and you don’t always have to compromise on space. If you currently have a family-sized hatchback (a Ford Focus, for example) and are looking to downsize without losing much room, take a look at the latest Renault Clio.
Despite its small size, the latest fifth-generation Clio has by the far the largest boot in its class – 391 litres. That’s nearly 100 litres more than its predecessor, and also more than you get from the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. It arrived in showrooms at the end of 2019, so it’s a nearly-new model. New prices start from £15,295, you’ll save at least £2,000 on used models.
Compact crossovers have plenty to offer, and the Volkswagen T-Cross is no exception. Even though it’s the smallest of VW’s SUVs, it’s hugely practical – boasting a 455-litre boot.
Its boxy shape also means there’s loads of room in the rear seats, and it also comes with sliding rear seats – meaning you can increase rear seat or boot space, depending on your needs. If you’re used to a mid-size crossover, the T-Cross is definitely worth considering.
Skoda Citigo-e iV
If you’re thinking of downsizing, what about something electric? You might not have considered an EV, but if you’re hoping to save money, EVs are much cheaper to run. And if you’re looking for something smaller, take a look at the Skoda Citigo-e iV.. It’s a surprisingly roomy city car, but yet incredibly easy to drive.
It’s a brand new 2020 model, but it’s the UK’s cheapest new EV, with prices starting from £17,455. Its 36kWh battery is also a good size, too, and allows for a range of up to 170 miles.
Small MPVs were a big deal ten years ago, offering something a bit roomier than the average supermini. These days, compact crossovers tend to be more popular, but that means you can often get a bargain mini-MPV on the used market.
The Kia Venga is easy to drive and was one of the most spacious cars in its class, with 440 litres of boot space. It’s also great value for money, with used examples from as little as £2,200. The 1.4-litre diesel version is also very cheap to run, returning 62.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
Forget the Focus and the Astra – if you want a spacious compact hatchback, the Fiat Tipo outstrips them both for room and versatility.
Its 440-litre boot is one of the largest of any hatchback, and cabin space on the whole is generous. Prices new start from £15,550 – making it the most affordable car in this segment – but it makes sense to buy a used model. With a 3-year-old example with 50,000 miles on the clock available for as little as £5,500, few hatchbacks offer better value for money.