When it comes to city cars, the make and model that most commonly comes to mind is the ubiquitous i10. It’s popular because it fits the bill so well: it’s a neat little car, with a good driving position, comfortable handling and low running costs. It was voted Continental Irish Small Car of the Year in 2015, and comes with a five year unlimited mileage warranty, so you get plenty of peace of mind to boot.
Prices start at €12,995 for new. For more information contact Limerick Motor Centre, Ballysimon Road, Limerick
For years, the VW Golf has been one of the most popular cars in Ireland, with its sibling, the Polo, not far behind. This means that they tend to retain their value, making entry into the VW market a little expensive. Step forward the VW UP, which, industry experts say, will possibly become the biggest-selling VW model around the world, knocking the Golf off its pedestal. With its sporty design, low running costs and famed VW reliability, they might be right.
Prices start at €11,875 for new. For more information, contact Frank Hogan, Dublin Road, Limerick
The Toyota brand is renowned for its remarkable reliability, and it’s a reputation that’s usually justified. With increased head room, it’s an obvious choice for taller drivers, but those of us with more average stature will still find the interior roomy and comfortable, with good boot space for a small car. Toyota are generous with their extras too: reversing camera comes as standard in the newest models. Finally, the Aygo is also exceptionally cool-looking: the designer apparently took his inspiration from Japanese cartoons.
Prices start at €13,985 for new. For more information, contact Brian Geary Car Sales, Raheen, Limerick
Proof that beautiful things often come in small packages, the Fiat 500 is effortlessly chic. Built for cruising around the cobblestone streets of Rome or Positano, it’ll work just as well in rainy Limerick. Their main appeal is their retro style, but that’s not to say they lack in efficiency either, with engines that Top Gear describe as “small, frugal and overwhelmingly strong.”
Prices start at €14,250 for new. For more information, contact Clareview Car Sales, Ennis Road, Limerick
A kid sister to the hugely popular Ibiza, the SEAT Mii was designed to rival the Volkswagen’s UP, and it does this well, with a cheaper price tag to boot. Known as a highly nimble little car, it packs plenty of the driving fun that SEAT is well-known for. It also has an array of toys inside, with an onboard computer and multi-media sound system to provide the soundtrack to your city driving.
Prices start at €10,900 for new. More information at James Barry Motors, Dock Road, Limerick