Now, we all know that there are a lot of superminis on the UK market in 2016, so which is the best one for you?
Well thanks to our handy buyer’s guide, we’ll run you through the five best superminis that are available to purchase in the UK right now.
You could be starting 2016 with a brand new car, how exciting!
The Ford Fiesta was the most popular car in the UK last year, with the supermini easily topping the best sellers list for new cars. Can it continue this throughout 2016? You bet it can!
Low running costs, an inexpensive price tag and a host of standard kit make the Ford Fiesta one of the UK’s best supermini models available to buy in 2016.
If you’re looking for choice, the Ford Fiesta offers it in abundance, with many versions of the supermini available to buy in the UK.
From the entry-level Studio spec to the top of the range Titanium X trim, you can be sure that there is a Ford Fiesta that is perfect for you in 2016. There’s also three hot hatch versions, if you’re that way inclined, found in the Ford Fiesta ST line-up.
You’ll get all of the basics like electrically-operated front windows and door mirrors, central locking, engine immobiliser, and an aux input if you go for the base Ford Fiesta Studio model.
Move up to the Ford Fiesta Style ECOnetic variant, for example, and you’ll be rewarded with goodies such as manual air conditioning, Ford Auto Start-Stop, lowered suspension, Ford MyKey, Ford Easy-Fuel capless refuelling system, and manual seat height adjust.
You can also be sure that the Ford Fiesta is safe to drive around UK roads as it scored highly on Euro NCAP safety tests. With a good level of safety equipment at its disposal, the Ford Fiesta is one of the best choices of superminis, and in fact any car, in 2016.
Due to being so popular, UK customers would be more likely to get a great deal on a Ford Fiesta supermini in 2016, while insurance will also be lower than many other cars.
Attempting to take the Ford Fiesta’s crown for the UK’s best-selling car is the Vauxhall Corsa supermini, and it’s set to carry on doing a great job of winning over fans in 2016.
The popular Vauxhall Corsa is a popular supermini that, like the Ford Fiesta, is inexpensive to buy and insure, while also offering UK customers a good drive and enough equipment to keep them busy.
Vauxhall offers the Corsa in three- and five-door body styles, so you can be sure that one will suit you in 2016.
The Vauxhall Corsa line-up ranges from the cheap and cheerful Sting to the Red Edition and Black Edition models, which come with more kit and a higher price tag. Topping the range is a hot hatch version called the Vauxhall Corsa VXR.
All versions of the Corsa come well equipped as standard in the UK, with Vauxhall stuffing its supermini with 16-inch alloys, leather-covered steering wheel, cruise control, daytime running lights, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
If you’re feeling particularly lavish in 2016, then move up the spec ladder to receive the likes of the IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, OnStar connected car service, larger alloys, air conditioning, leather-covered steering wheel, sports pedals, and digital radio.
Another reason why we think the Vauxhall Corsa is one of the UK’s best superminis is due to the large number of engines available, with all of them offering good performance and low CO2 emissions.
For those looking for a supermini in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa is certainly one of the best cars for your money in 2016. Definitely consider it if you’re looking for a small car this year.
If you want to buy a supermini in the UK but want something a little more premium, then the Audi A1 is the best choice for you in 2016.
With sleek and stylish looks complementing the vast amount of kit on the inside, you can see why the Audi A1 supermini is such an attractive prospect for new car buyers in the UK in 2016.
As you would expect from a premium supermini in the UK, the Audi A1 comes very well equipped. Standard kit in 2016 includes 16-inch alloys, 6.5-inch MMI display screen, DAB digital radio, aux-in socket, and manual air conditioning.
Moving up the trim levels brings goodies such as larger alloys, Sports suspension, Bluetooth audio streaming, voice control, Audio music interface connection, leather/Alcantara upholstery, climate control, Xenon Plus headlights, and much more.
The Audi A1 is also a very economical supermini, with both the 1.0 TFSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel engines emitting just 97g/km of CO2 – best choices to avoid road tax and the London Congestion Charge. Furthermore, the A1 supermini will return average fuel economy of up to 76.3mpg.
Audi’s premium supermini offering is a great little car for driving around the UK, with the powerful engines really giving you your money’s worth.
If you wanted a bit more power in 2016, you can even go for the range-topping Audi S1 model, which comes with a larger and more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine. That’ll definitely impress your best friends!
Hot on the heels of the Audi A1 in 2016 is the MINI Cooper, with the iconic supermini offering UK customers a stylish look and an extremely fun drive.
The classic British supermini offering is definitely one of the best choices for UK motorists if they’re looking for a small car with a bit of style and panache in 2016. The MINI Cooper really doesn’t disappoint.
Available in three- and five-door guises, there are a host of MINI models to choose from, meaning that you can be sure that there is a version of the supermini that is best for you.
On the petrol-powered side are the One, Cooper and Cooper S models, complemented by the One D, Cooper D and Cooper SD diesel-fuelled versions. Atop the range is the pacy MINI John Cooper Works variant, which will simply knock your socks off.
All versions of the MINI Hatch supermini come well equipped in the UK. The base MINI One versions come equipped with air conditioning, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth hands-free function with USB audio, and front foglights.
Most UK buyers in 2016 will choose to add on equipment packages for the MINI Cooper, such as the popular and best-selling ‘Pepper’ and ‘Chili’ packages. These will add on features such as dual-zone air conditioning, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, and sport seats to the MINI Hatch.
No matter which version of the MINI Hatch you choose, whether it be the MINI One, MINI Cooper or even the MINI John Cooper Works, you can be sure that the supermini will be a great choice for you in 2016.
Find one that is best for you, add on an equipment package and drive your MINI Cooper around the UK like you’re recreating scenes from The Italian Job!
Last but not least on our list of the UK’s best superminis to buy in 2016 is the Peugeot 208, with the stylish small car bursting with technology and offering some good three-cylinder petrol engines.
As with other models on this list, the Peugeot 208 supermini comes in three- and five-door body styles in the UK, with its range of engines, host of standard kit and great deals making it a brilliant little car to drive in 2016.
No matter what version of the Peugeot 208 you go for in 2016, the stylish supermini will come equipped with cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, manual air conditioning, USB connectivity, radio/CD player, and remote-controlled central locking.
Maybe you want a bit more kit before the Peugeot 208 becomes the best supermini for you? In that case, go for higher-spec models to receive goodies such as alloy wheels, multi-function colour touchscreen, leather steering wheel, DAB digital radio, dual-zone air conditioning, and rear parking aid.
If you want an economical supermini in 2016 and are considering a Peugeot 208, then the best choice for you would be one of the models that come fitted with the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine.
With this engine at its disposal, the Peugeot 208 supermini will emit from as low as 79g/km of CO2 – when paired with Stop & Start technology. Average fuel economy returned will be up to 94.2mpg, according to Peugeot.
If you’re in the UK and you want a stylish small car that won’t break the bank, then you should definitely consider the Peugeot 208 – it is one of our best superminis, after all!