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Driving extended-cab pickups or three-row SUVs is a thrilling experience–until you arrive in a city. The narrow streets, tiny parking spaces, and ulterior parking garages make you realize not all cars are designed for city driving. You may have to fold side mirrors to avoid scratching the paint as you ride along narrow city streets. That’s why we decided to write about the 3 best city cars to buy in 2021.
They are practical, easy to park, and feature awesome infotainment systems. Their roomy interiors and excellent safety features make for the best city driving experience. These cars have great designs and fair prices. And the best thing is they can handle longer journeys, too. So, which cars impressed us?
In its third generation, the Hyundai i10 is all grown up. The car is more refined and spacious, offering every city dweller compact transportation. This five-door car perfectly merges style and comfort with its comfy interior and unique design.
There are two petrol engine options perfect for the city: a non-turbocharged 1.0-litre engine and a 1.2-litre engine. The standard 1.0 engine offers up to 56.5mpg at 67bhp, with the 1.0-litre in the N line producing 100bhp. It can go from zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds.
Standard features in the i10s include air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, high beam assist, a DAB digital radio, and a series of driver assistance systems. And if you want more, the mid-range SE Connect comes with a rearview camera, 15-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, voice recognition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apart from the improved stylish design, better-equipped interior, and lots of space, the new Kia Picanto comes with a mammoth 7-year (100,000-mile) warranty. It achieves 59mpg and economizes both fuel and space. Its quick steering and fast response will help you make the most of urban roads.
The Kia Picanto features environmentally-friendly engines: the standard 66bhp 1.0-litre engine and a turbocharged 1.0-litre engine producing 99bhp. All are three-cylinder units with a five-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Kia has made the Picanto safe to drive with the added assists for collisions and blind spots. The driver attention warning system and lane-keeping features give you more control of the vehicle’s steering, throttle, and braking system.
If you like the added comfort an SUV offers, the Toyota RAV4 won’t disappoint. With a standard 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, this compact SUV will handle both the city and the countryside with ease.
Its stylish exterior comes with a range of paint options, and its interior is comfortably spacious and packed with technology. Standard features include a lane control system, rearview camera, comfortable bucket front seats, 17-inch wheels, and a massive 38.4 cu cargo space.
Pricing for the 2021 RAV4 starts from $27,425, and it has a suite of driver-assistance features. It also has a superb 7/8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 2.5-litre engine 203-hp, ventilated seats, and remarkable technologies like dual-zone automatic climate control. The all-wheel-drive has a miles per gallon rate of 32 while the front-wheel-drive manages 35mpg. Both have impressive acceleration. They can go from zero to 60mph in 8.0 seconds.
So, Which is the Best Option?
There are many cars designed for city driving, but these three are our best city cars for 2021. They have straightforward designs, a small footprint, peppy engines, and many tech features for fun driving. But please don’t feel limited by our recommendations. You can always visit a virtual auto showroom to see more options. Besides, cars are pricey investments, and getting the right one is critical.
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