To meet the needs of diverse individual markets, car companies have designed many different car body types from the minute to the large. Each of us have different needs and when it comes to our cars, it is important to understand what each car type can provide.

Let’s take a quick look at the range of small cars that car manufacturers produce to see the advantages and disadvantages they bring:

City Cars

For those living in the urban sprawl of a big city, space is at a premium, even with vehicles. City cars are some of the smallest types you’ll encounter; designed to be able to manoeuvre and traverse the tight streets and spaces where bigger cars struggle. Their bodies are noticeable by their very short bumpers and wheels pushed out to the edge of the chassis. The main body of the car is surprisingly spacious as it makes use of ergonomic design to maximise potential space in a limited area.

Thanks to their diminutive exterior they’re the easiest cars to drive in the city. Parking is straightforward and manoeuvring tight corners is safer thanks to easier visibility of their surroundings. The only downside is the limited space they provide.


Found in between larger family hatchbacks and smaller city cars, you’ll find the supermini. These cars are typified by four seats which sit more comfortably and more spaciously than a city car and can often hold a little more luggage.

Because of their light frame they feel agile and easy to drive. A lot of manufacturers now make superminis for those who want the luxury without the size.


One of the largest options of smaller cars is the family hatchback. To qualify as a hatchback the boot lid and rear windscreen must be one unit that moves together.

Those thinking of buying a hatchback generally have to weigh up the options of whether they want a more comfortable passenger space, or enough storage. Some models on the market now offer a good amount of both though.

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