Expert Guide To Buying A Supermini

Small, compact, superminis are all the rage these days. They offer a brilliant driving experience and can be bags of fun too. If you’re thinking of buying a supermini, there are certain things you need to look out for.


Take some time when looking at superminis to decide how much space you need. If you’re thinking of buying a supermini as a family car, you’ll need one with lots of room. Some superminis have more space than others. In fact, some superminis can have more space than larger cars too. If you don’t usually have passengers in the back of your car, then you won’t need a supermini with lots of backseat room.


Simply put; before buying any car you need to consider the cost. With a supermini, you need to figure out if the car is worth your money. Some superminis can be cheap brand new, some can be a bit pricey. A new Fiat 500 starts from £10,000 whereas a new Audi A1 starts from around £14,000. It depends on what car you want, and if you want it new or not. Used superminis are extremely cheap because there are so many out there being sold. Whichever you choose, they’re both cheaper than other car classes.


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If you’re buying a used supermini, then you need to find out how old it is. Some old superminis can be incredibly outdated making them much more unsafe than modern ones. The age of a car affects its performance too. Some used superminis could have problems with the steering or suspension. Which is a shame because they’re two of the best selling points of this class of car.  You can still buy used, modern, superminis from places like CooperMini. This way you get all the benefits of a modern supermini, with the added bonus of it being cheaper.

Engine Size

Superminis are built small and have fairly small engines. This means they’re perfect for short trips and zipping around the city. But it makes them difficult to take on long journeys consistently. If you drive a few hours to work every day then this will take its toll on a supermini. Over time, it can struggle with the long drive, and you’ll start to see problems with your car. Remember what these vehicles are built for, you shouldn’t be buying one for long distance travels.


Consider what type of supermini you want. Do you want a slightly more spacious five-door supermini? Or would you prefer the typical, compact, three-door versions? They also do eco-friendly superminis with extra technology that make them good for the environment and more efficient. Another variation are sporty superminis. These superminis are given an extra boost and have their top speed and horsepower increased. Superminis are fun to drive, but a sporty supermini takes the fun to a whole other level. Decide on what kind of supermini you want before you write a cheque.

Once you’ve considered all these things, you’re ready to buy your supermini! By taking your time and taking everything into account, you’ll soon figure out which one is perfect for you.

Sean Bean is fond of vehicles and love to grasp information about them, no matter those are 4 wheelers or 2. Provide him a cup of cappuccino and he can talk for hours.

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