The latest breed of supermini cars available to the UK motorist are refined, comfortable, practical and economical to drive. No wonder therefore that the supermini is the most popular type of car in the UK and contains some of the best-selling models of all time, which is hardly surprising for the nation that designed and manufactured the pioneering Mini. Our supermini comparison guide 2014 pulls out the critical information that helps new car buyers to make an informed car choice that will suit their individual requirements. We list all the very latest low emission, low road tax variants in the table at the foot of this page. Simply click on the model description links in blue to access detailed model information.
The modern day supermini is popular for a number of key reasons. Firstly, the latest best-in-class models maximise internal space so that 5 adults can be seated fairly comfortably. The hatchback design, in tandem with fold-down format rear seats, also provides upwards of 900 litres of space for heavier loads so practicality is in-built. In terms of performance, the cleanest superminis now offer a claimed 80 miles to the gallon (MPG) or more, with top speeds of around 100 mph and acceleration performance that doesn't disappoint. Put simply, don't think that these cars are only suited to urban driving as the top models perform well on the open road. Small and beautifully formed, the modern-day supermini offers practicality, safety and economic motoring through low road tax, high MPG and relatively cheap car insurance premiums. So who are the main protagonists in this most competitive of car classes?
The Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car and has been for more than 10 years. Its nearest challenger in terms of units sold is the Vauxhall Corsa and both have base specification levels available below £10,000. The Audi A1 is a relatively new entry to the class and won the prestigious What Car? Supermini of the Year 2014, with its prestigious brand and executive car feel. If design is important to you, the Fiat 500 and MINI Cooper are funky and extremely fashionable whereas the Volkswagen Polo is a typically brilliant all-rounder and substantially cheaper than its Audi sibling.
If you want maximum MPG look no further than class leading Kia Rio and the Far East challengers also include the South Korean Hyundai i20, with the established Japanese Nissan Micra, Honda Jazz and the ever popular Toyota Yaris offering their unique levels of reliability. Drivers who prefer petrol engines as opposed to diesel power will also appreciate the latest French superminis in the form of the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio, which both feature low emission trim specifications that deliver Band A free road tax under current legislation.
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), commonly known as road tax or car tax, is based upon the co2 emissions a car generates whilst driving and this structure incorporates both new cars registered in 2014 and used cars registered on or after 1st March 2001. The amounts payable per annum vary, with lower emission supermini models benefiting from free or low road tax prices. The superminis listed focus on lowest road tax bands A to C. Band A includes low emission variants of the Audi A1, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, MINI Cooper and the Vauxhall Corsa, all of which are free to tax under current road tax rules. Band B and Band C cars feature free first year road tax and then £20 (Band B) and £30 (Band C) annual road tax on-going at present. Our advice when buying a supermini would be to select a specification that sits in one of these lowest emission bands, but dependant upon individual circumstances to purchase the Band B/C variant which are often cheaper to purchase. If you want to know more detail about car taxation you will find both our road tax bands and company car tax explained articles of real use.
If you are unsure that a supermini will actually be perfect for you, we've built a number of car type road tax pages that allow easy comparison. So you might be interested in reading through the neighbouring City Car Comparison 2014 and Small Family Car Comparison 2014 category articles, which feature the very latest low emission, low road tax cars available to purchase in the UK.
In these hard economic times with high fuel costs and ever spiralling car insurance premiums, millions of UK motorists, including young drivers, are turning to supermini models to deliver both a practical and low cost motoring solution. It's fact that low co2 emission superminis not only benefit from road tax benefits but intrinsically deliver some of the best MPG performances, so check out our UK High Supermini MPG 2014 chart.
Lowering your car insurance but maximising the insurance benefits contained within the policy is key to cost effective modern motoring. We've pulled together detailed articles highlighting how you can reduce your insurance premium so read our insurance groups explained guide. With car insurance groups running from 1 (cheapest) to 50, insurance group 1 cars offer the lowest premiums in the UK, subject to your individual circumstances of course.
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|Manufacturer||Model||Description||Fuel||Tax Band||1st Year||Annual|
|Alfa Romeo||MiTo||1.3 JTM-2 85PS Sprint||Diesel||A||FREE||FREE|
|Audi||A1||1.6 TDI SE, Sport, S Line||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Audi||A1||1.6 TDI SE||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Citroen||C3||1.6 HDi 90PS Airdream Exclusive||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Citroen||DS3||1.6 e-HDi 90PS Airdream Dstyle 91g||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Citroen||DS3||1.6 e-HDi 90PS Airdream Dstyle||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Chevrolet||Aveo||1.3 VCDi 75PS LT||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Chevrolet||Aveo||1.3 VCDi 95PS Eco LT Start/Stop||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Chrysler||Ypsilon||0.9T Twin Air||Petrol||FREE||FREE|
|Fiat||500||0.9T Twin Air Pop, Sport, Lounge Start/Stop||Petrol||FREE||FREE|
|Ford||Fiesta||1.6 TDCi ECOnetic||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Hyundai||New i20||1.4 CRDi 89PS Blue Drive||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|MINI||One||1.6D Base, Pepper/Med/Sport Pack||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Nissan||Micra||1.2 S/C DIG-S||Petrol||FREE||FREE|
|Peugeot||207||1.6 HDi Oxygo, Oxygo+ 92PS||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Peugeot||New 208||1.6 e-HDi 90PS Start/Stop||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Renault||Clio||1.6 dCI Expression Eco 88PS||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Seat||Ibiza||1.2 TDI 75PS S Ecomotive (AC), SE Ecomotive||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Vauxhall||Corsa||1.3 CDTi 95PS ecoFLEX S/S Various||Diesel||FREE||FREE|
|Volkswagen||Polo||1.2 TDI 75PS Bluemotion||Diesel||FREE||FREE|