Buyers at this end of the market want value for money above all else, and that's something that the Hyundai i10 provides in spades.
At £8345, our favourite 1.2 Classic version is one of the cheaper city cars on offer, but still comes with luxuries such as air-conditioning, electric front windows and a CD stereo with USB and aux-in connections.
Despite the bargain price, the i10 is actually one of the sweetest-driving city cars there is. It has an impressive balance of ride comfort and cornering ability, which makes it feel very grown-up compared with most rivals. The slick gearshift and light steering help, too, while the 1.2-litre petrol engine is smooth and economical.
The i10 is also impressively practical for a city car, with decent space for four adults, great access to the cabin and a reasonable boot that can be extended by folding the rear seats. Granted, the car's styling won't set your heart a-flutter, and neither will the drab interior. However, the i10 is very sturdily built and you get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.