Tips on buying a great city car

If you live in a city, you usually have to think about congestion charges, vehicle sizes and the model's practicality. Of course, in an ideal world, you'd be able to have a car that was somehow compact enough to fit on any narrow city road, with enough space for four passengers, as well as an extremely high fuel economy to reduce taxes and charges.

This can be hard to come by, but some clever models do have a very competitive selection of what's needed most in a city car.

For example you could opt for a compact two-seater that you can fit into nearly any tight parking gap. The smart fortwo fits the bill perfectly, along with others in the two-seater category. This specific model has brilliantly low CO2emissions of 86g/km, while the 220-litre cargo space is also impressive, considering the modest space the designers had to play with.

Alternatively, you could check out the Toyota iQ, which is an impressively compact and fuel efficient, four-seater model. The four-seat design was achieved because of the thin seats and an asymmetric dashboard, which maximises space for rear passengers. With CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km, it is also exempt from road tax, and will heavily reduce the amount you have to pay for the London congestion charge.

At Lookers, we offer a range of perfect city cars from brands including Volkswagen, Fiat, smart and Vauxhall. Some of our current favourite city cars are detailed here. Contact Lookers today to find out more.