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Top Gear's top five superminis
We recommend: Cooper Hatch
Specs: 134bhp, 170lb ft, 0-62mph 7.9secs, 130mph top speed, 62.8mpg, CO2 105g/km
The name’s the same, it looks the same, but underneath nothing is the same. It’s bigger. More mature. And contrary to our expectations, we think Mini mk3 is a big improvement.
We recommend: 1.0T Titanium
Specs: 99bhp, 125lb ft, 0-62mph 11.2secs, 112mph top speed, 65.7mpg, CO2 99g/km
The most complete everyday supermini of all. Which is why only the fun-centric Mini is rated more highly. Though this is a right little charmer to drive, too, with a sweet, efficient engine and real poise.
We recommend: 1.6 E-HDI 90
Specs: 90bhp, 169lb ft, 0-62mph 12.5secs, 113mph top speed, 78.5mpg, CO2 90g/km
Forget the DS4 and DS5, Citroen did it best first time round. The DS3 looks the business and drives with more panache than a packet of Polos. The VW flavour ones.
We recommend: 1.6 E-HDI 92
Specs: 90bhp, 169lb ft, 0-62mph 10.9secs, 115mph top speed, 74.3mpg, CO2 95g/km
It seems Peugeot might not be the basket case we all feared. The 208 is a neat and tidy piece of design throughout, and it has a good grasp of how a small car should drive. A return to form.
We recommend: 0.9 TCE 90
Specs: 89bhp, 99lb ft, 0-62mph 12.2secs, 113mph top speed, 62.8mpg, CO2 104g/km