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Top 10: European 1980s superminis

The supermini took off in a big way in the 1970s, with models like the Fiat 127, Renault 5, Volkswagen Polo and original Fiesta showing European buyers just how good a small car could be. But the subsequent decade saw the concept properly refined, with second-generation models marking a major leap forward.

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Fiat Uno

Its predecessor, the 127, had been one of the most successful early superminis, dominating European sales charts throughout the 1970s, and so the Uno had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, however, it was well up to the task. Being a tad larger than some of its established rivals, the Uno had an immediate head start in terms of roominess and practicality when it went on sale in 1983.

Three- and five-door Unos, a plethora of trim levels, a sporting flagship in the shape of the 1.4ie Turbo and a major mid-life facelift helped to give Fiat’s ’80s supermini a long and successful career.


Bilboman    on 11 May 2016

Supercinque? Mamma mia, only in Italy. It was a Supercinq elsewhere, especially in France!

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