City Car Manufacturer of the Year
City Cars are classified as cars with tailpipe CO₂ emissions of less than 120 g/km.
Perhaps the most iconic of city cars, the Fiat 500 has received further tweaks to make it an even more attractive proposition for emissions-conscious fleets. Both versions of the 900cc TwinAir petrol engine are available with start/stop technology, while the 1.3 litre Multijet Diesel variant and a 1.2 litre eco petrol version both provide sub-90g/km emissions for zero road tax and reduce BIK from 17 per cent to 14 per cent. These significant additions to Fiat’s range enhanced the marque’s position as a city car leader.
Well suited to business drivers, the Mini 3-door Hatch achieves up to 83.1mpg (combined) and features intelligent sensors that take the guesswork out of tricky driving situations. Launched in 2014 and providing further options for the fleet market, the Mini 5-door Hatch, delivers the same distinctive styling with combined fuel economy of 80.7mpg and CO₂ emissions from 92g/km. Auto start/stop, an optional Green Driving Mode and a BIK rate of 18 per cent are also seen as an incentive for fleet drivers.
In 2016 Smart continued to be a highly popular choice. Perfectly suited to city driving, the now iconic design of the fortwo has been an everyday sight since its launch in 1998, decorated by the branding of businesses both large and small across the UK and Europe. The third generation fortwo, developed as a joint venture with Renault, features power steering as standard and a completely new design. The eagerly anticipated Smart electric drive is set for launch in early 2017.
Hyundai’s second generation i10 is available in 1.0 and 1.2 litre engines, with modifications to the gearbox which are said to improve fuel consumption by one per cent. The Blue Drive variant features Intelligent Stop & Go, low rolling resistance tyres and an optimum gear change indicator which combine to reduce CO₂ to 98g/km. This helps push the i10 into the zero road tax bracket - an important consideration for fleet buyers.
The Skoda Citigo, available in 3 door and 5 door versions, features the same styling as the Seat Mii and VW Up, but has been brought to market at a much lower cost. The 59bhp and 74bhp engine variants report emissions of 103g/km and 105g/km respectively, with the GreenTech models making the most of eco-enhancements, including low-rolling resistance tyres and stop-start, to push CO₂ down to 95g/km. Attractive pricing and the sub-100g/km option make this a serious fleet player in the city car segment.
In 2015, Citroën re-introduced an electric supermini to its already impressive line-up that now offers a range of 61 cars that are sub- 100grams per kilometer. With an ever-expanding range of efficient three-cyclinder petrol engines helping make the shift away from diesel.