City cars are kind of like dogs, or Canada – it’s just cruel to give such a happy, earnest thing a kicking. Unlike so many machines in the automotive world, city cars aren’t pretending to be anything but basic, economical transport. And that imbues them with an authenticity and likeability that manages to charm even the perennially (and some would say professionally) unimpressed bods that form the Top Gear writing staff.
And yet here we are, primed and ready to argue against them. Because why leave a single stone unturned in modern life’s campaign to trample everything that you love and poison you against realities we’d rather you ignore? We’re not going to miss out on a nihilistically good time like that – not when everyone else seems to be having such a ball doing it.
So, in the order that we thought of them, here are 10 of the best alternatives to the city car that you probably should – and probably will – still end up buying.