Paris, Rome, Barcelona – many of Europe’s most popular cities are renowned for being particularly tight to manoeuvre a decent-sized car around. This coupled with the seemingly constant congestion – which is to be expected in areas so fondly viewed upon by tourists – makes larger vehicles, like sedans, something of an unrealistic option for many of the locals.
Could you really imagine swinging a luxurious Audi A8 into a small parking space without too much hassle?
No? Didn’t think so.
For that reason, as well as the fact they’re cheap to buy, insure and run, city cars are considered something of a ‘must’ for those occupying the big cities of Europe. The majority of car manufacturers today offer a pretty wide scope of choice. You certainly aren’t limited to one or two models now.
And to show this, we’ve looked at three city cars from around Europe, covering a model from Italy, France and Spain.
France – Peugeot 208 3-Door:
Whilst not entirely built in France – some are built in Slovakia, at the company’s Trnava Plant – the Peugeot 208 3-door certainly exudes a large amount of Gallic flair. It’s been given a refined look by the company’s designers. Like most of Peugeot’s models, the 208 is sleek and very sophisticated – a factor which is epitomised by the sculpted yet highly futuristic front grille.
Drivers and passengers will benefit from this city car’s panoramic roof, which allows light to flood into the cabin, and its touchscreen dashboard. Fuel efficiency-wise, Peugeot claims that these city cars are capable of doing a staggering 83.1 mpg (miles per gallon). And that’s not to mention its Stop & Start technology, which also allows drivers to reduce the amounts of fuel they consume.
Spain – SEAT Mii Toca:
The SEAT Mii Toca is an exciting little car. You can tell just from looking at its exterior that it’s been designed to conquer city environments. It also delivers a fun driving experience. You can purchase from the showroom in a number of different colours – a factor likely to go down well with many people – and with a special set of alloy wheels – to give it that little extra oomph.
Recognising the unpredictable nature of driving in the big city, the Mii Toca features Safety Assist. This feature picks up road obstacles and applies brakes to prevent collisions at speeds below 18mph. Meanwhile, its rear parking sensors obviously make the task of getting the vehicle parked up quickly and effectively much easier.
Italy – Fiat 500:
In the eyes of many the Fiat 500 is the daddy of city cars. The newest model boasts an elegant and sophisticated look that appeals to many motorists. The Italian manufacturer offers an array of variations – ranging from the sporty dynamism of the Fiat 500s to the sparkling chrome finish on the Fiat 500 Lounge.
Unlike many cars, the Fiat 500 allows buyers – purchasing straight from the manufacturer – to put their own stamp on their new vehicle – albeit at a cost. As with the Seat Mii Toca, the 500 is available in a whole selection of vibrant colours – including my personal favourite, countrypolitan yellow. You can also add decals should you wish to go that little bit further to show off your personality through your ride.