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Top 5 Tuesdays: The Best Superminis of 2014

January 20, 2015

In today’s top 5, we’re taking a stab at picking last year’s best supermini. 2014 was a great year for this class, so we have our work cut out for us. The term ‘supermini’ originated after the success of the Mini in the 1970s, when other car manufacturers tried different small car body styles to rival its success. Today the term is used for cars smaller than a small family car, but bigger than a city car – and now that we’ve got that clear, let’s take a look at our favourite super minis of 2014.

Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero

Original image by Oliver MURANI

Leading our list is the Dacia Sandero. Reviews of the Sandero have been very positive indeed and with good cause. Based on the incredibly popular second generation Renault Clio, it manages to impress by having a very roomy and practical interior. But the entry price is the real reason for the success of the Dacia Sandero. Finance will rarely be an issue, as its £5,995 is the cheapest entry price for any car in the UK. The entry level car comes with a 1.2-litre 47.90mpg engine, giving the car a top speed of 97mph – making the Dacia Sandero our pick for best supermini 2014.

Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

Following closely behind is the Peugeot 208. Finance is where the 208 loses out on the top spot, as it’s almost double the price of the Dacia. Its interior is spacious and most Peugeot 208 reviews have praised its handling. The car’s design is wonderfully quirky, and its entry level engine returns a lovely 66mpg. On top of that, it stays under the 100g/km emissions threshold, making it the greenest engine on our list.

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

Original image by Manoj Prasad

At the halfway point in our top 5, we find the Honda Jazz. Reviews all laud the Honda’s beautiful interior and practical use of space. In fact, we’re willing to bet that most six foot tall supermini drivers will opt for a Honda Jazz. Unfortunately, with a starting price of £11,695 and comparatively disappointing fuel economy of 53mpg, it’s one of the more expensive cars on our list.

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift

Original image by Dario Alvarez

In a respectable fourth place, we find the Suzuki Swift. Finance and fuel economy are both big selling points for the Swift, as its entry level 1.2 Dueljet engine returns 66mpg at a price of £8,999. If you’ve been keeping track of Suzuki Swift reviews, you’ll know this car is a ton of fun to drive, which is exactly how it earned a spot in our top 5.

Renault Clio

Renault Clio

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

Last but certainly not least is the Renault Clio. Finance and handling are both selling points for the Clio, but it was its sleek aesthetic that helped the car claim the coveted fifth spot. The Renault Clio is roomy, easy to access and as classy on the inside as it is on the outside. With a respectable entry price of £10,995, a top speed of 104mph and a fuel economy of 48.70mpg, the Clio is very much a jack of all trades – and Renault Clio reviewers all agree the car handles exceptionally well and is a ton of fun to drive.

If you’re looking for a supermini of your own, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We’re experts in car finance and with our help, you’ll be driving a sensational supermini of your own in no time. Check out our online car loan calculator for an instant quote or apply online if you’re ready to get this show on the road.

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.