Which SuperMini Car Should You Buy?
Fashionable, speedy and popular, superminis are perfect cars for someone who values the rate of motion over size. Want to find out more? read more...
The Ford Fiesta is widely regarded as one of the best superminis on the market, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to put it against some of its top rivals. The choices aren’t always clear, and we’d always encourage you to go for the car that you feel the strongest for. After all, personal taste is important. However, looking at this subjectively, which supermini is the most compelling contender for the Fiesta, and why should you consider it?
Ding Ding – Round One: Ford Fiesta Vs.
Kicking off this comparison test is the battle of the best-sellers. The Fiesta and the Corsa are almost always at the top of the sales charts and there’s a reason why. Both are affordable and accessible cars with a good reputation. But the Fiesta gets the edge between these two because of its excellent engine line-up and newly improved interior space.
This one is a straightforward case because, unless you’re going for pure efficiency – and there’s a debate as to whether the hybrid Yaris can obtain stated figures – then the Ford Fiesta is a much better car to drive, sexier looking, and more desirable overall.
The new Nissan Micra is a very good car that can go toe-to-toe with the Fiesta and match it in many areas. It’s pretty, it has a hugely improved interior, and crucially, it’s great to drive. Comfortable on a long drive, fun and agile in the corners, the Micra is possibly the strongest challenger to the Fiesta.
The VW Polo has always been a popular car when it comes to sales. At the end of any year, it’s seems always up there with the best-selling cars. However, we think it falls a little short when up against the Ford Fiesta. It isn’t as sharp to drive as the Blue Oval-badged motor, and though the interior is pleasant enough, it doesn’t feel like a cabin that’s worth more money than the Fiesta – and that’s what VW charges.
Now, the Mini is one of the best driving superminis ever produced, and it is a true quality product – it’s a brand owned by BMW. This is truly the infant Bimmer now, using the same infotainment system and some engines, but the retro styling might not be to everybody’s taste. There’s a distinctly feminine feel to the Mini, and that, combined with some rather unusual styling touches, could put off some buyers who want something a little more neutral in look. If you love the styling though, this could be the car for you.
Czech automaker, Skoda, is a division of the Volkswagen Group, and the Fabia is essentially a VW Polo offered at a lower pricing point. Curiously, that makes it a better bet in some ways, because though it doesn’t have that desirable VW badge on its nose, the overall quality is still similar to the Polo – and for a few thousand pounds less. We can’t honestly say it’s a better car than the Ford Fiesta, though.
Japan’s Mazda 2 is always a dark horse in the supermini segment, but it really shouldn’t be. Mazda’s excellent design style and finely produced cars make for machines that give a positive first impression, and the little Mazda 2 is amongst the Hiroshima-based firm’s best driving cars. It’s fun, it’s fashionable, and its chirpy little petrol engines make a cracking little recipe for a supermini to work well, both in the inner city and out in the sticks.
The verdict, from Carsnip’s Editorial Chief, Tim Barnes-Clay:
The Ford Fiesta clearly trounces every other supermini out there. That’s not to say other superminis are bad. Some are better looking, and many appeal because they’re less ‘common’ than the Fiesta. Still, I know where I’d put my money – it’s the Blue Oval all the way for me.