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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Small Cars of 2014

February 3, 2015

After our feature on the top 5 superminis of 2014, we decided it was time to pick out our winners in the top 5 small cars of 2014. If you’re wondering about the distinction between the two, these cars are bigger than a supermini, but smaller than a family car. And with the technicalities out of the way, let’s get down to it. It’s time to take a look at our top 5 small cars of 2014! Remember if you need car loans for any of these vehicles, The Car Loan Warehouse can help.

Mazda 2

Mazda 2

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Our number one spot goes to the Mazda 2. The fourth generation Mazda 2 has finally managed to wrestle the Ford Fiesta off the best small cars throne and has done so by being more efficient, quicker and frankly better looking than the Fiesta. Mazda 2 reviewers all report that the 2014 model handles superbly and is a lot roomier than its predecessor. The entry level model returns 60mpg and gets you from 0-62mph in just over 12 seconds. With a starting price of £11,995, the Mazda 2 is our number one pick for the top 5 small cars of 2014.

Ford Fiesta

Original image by Autoviva

Original image by Autoviva

There’s no escaping it; at some point of your life you will drive a Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta has been around for more than 40 years, and it has remained at the top by being one of the best small cars out there. In 2014, Ford gave the Fiesta a small redesign and a new engine for the entry level offering. Reviews of the new Fiesta report 54mpg, a 0-62 time of 16.9 seconds and lots of kit in the entry-level model. All that for a starting price of £10,145 – making this one car that is tough to beat.

Honda Jazz

Honda Fit

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The fact is our Honda Fit reviewers like this small car so much it just deserves a spot on both of our shortlists. With a starting price of £11,695 and a fuel economy of 53mpg, the Honda Jazz is easily one of the more expensive small cars to buy in 2015 – but the space, design and abundance of features more than make up for the price tag.

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo

Original image by Klaus Nahr

The Toyota Aygo got an update in 2014 and has managed to sneak into our list of best small family cars as a result. As far as aesthetics go, the update left the Aygo beautiful and brimming with personality. On top of that, the car returns a generous 69mpg and Toyota Aygo reviewers have clocked the entry-level car at a top speed of 99mph. Add to this the starting price of £8,595 and you’ve got yourself one of the most economical and cheapest small cars of 2014.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

Original image by Michael Gil

In 2014, Kia gave their Soul a big update. The latest instalment is longer, wider and taller, creating one of the roomiest rides on this list. The entry level Kia Soul Start is reported to have an economy of 42mpg, a 0-62 acceleration time of 11 seconds and some much improved handling compared to the previous model. With an entry price of £12,800, it’s the most expensive car in our top 5 best small cars list but Kia Soul reviews conclude the Kia is definitely worth the cost.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.