A Buyer’s Guide for City Cars

Buying a car can be a challenging task anyway. But when you are purchasing for a specific reason it can get a whole lot tougher. When you work in a town or city, sometimes it can make sense not to commute to work with a car. However, for many, the flexibility of using a car to get to and from work is something they need.

These days with parking passes and fuel-efficient cars it can be just as cost-effective to drive to work each day. But you may need to consider a smaller car. Visiting a Kia small car dealer could give you a better idea of what is out there. Here are some of the things to think about when looking for a new city car.


You need to check out the headroom in these cars. City hatchback-style vehicles are designed to be compact and small. But if you are fairly tall then this might pose a problem to you. Most cars these days take things like this into account, but it’s always worth checking just in case.

Seat position

While you are checking the headroom you may as well check the seat position. Can you reach the pedals comfortably? Or are you hunched into a driving position? Are there sports seats and if so do you fit into them comfortably? A daily commute is most likely to involve sitting in traffic for periods. So it is vital you can sit in a comfortable position.


Of course, you will by now have already checked out the seating and headroom but there is something else to consider. Is the car comfortable to drive? Or can you feel every bump? This is where a test drive is important to ensure the car suits your needs.

Insurance costs 

Another thing to consider would be car insurance. City cars and small hatchbacks tend to be low to insure but you do need to shop around for the car insurance policy that will suit you. Ensuring that there is comprehensive cover and the extras you might need to add to it to give you better protection overall.


City hatchbacks are known to be nippy, but are they? You want a car to have something about it. Many smaller cars are fun to drive. Check out the engine size and horsepower and make sure it feels just as good in the drive. Of course, you won’t be speeding here and there. But a quick and agile car for maneuvering can give you a huge advantage in the city.

Good looks

Finally, you want to make sure that the car looks as good as it feels to sit in it and drive. You won’t only be using this for work; this will be something you may drive on the weekends as well. You may also have to use it to attend client meetings or business trips. It must make the impression you want it to.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to buying a city car.