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Top 10: Classic superminis

The creation of the supermini was perhaps inevitable. By the start of the 1970s, British Leyland’s evergreen Mini was already more than a decade old, and the gap between it and the family cars of the time was growing ever larger. Car manufacturers began to realise there was room in the market for machines that were bigger and more refined than the Mini but smaller than a typical family saloon.

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Ford Fiesta MkI

Ford of Europe’s inaugural attempt at creating a supermini entered production in 1976, going on sale in Britain the following year. And what a joy the new Fiesta was, with crisp and modern styling, an easy and light driving style, superb handling and (being a Ford) low running costs.

It was exactly what supermini buyers were looking for, and the Fiesta soon became the best-selling car in its sector. The MkI lived through to 1983, by which time it could be had in a wide range of different versions – from the basic 957cc Popular to the 1597cc XR2.


Ngaire Wadman    on 16 February 2017

Why put the entry for the Renault Five in the past tense? Like thousands of other R5 lovers, I still own, drive, and thoroughly enjoy my Five. It's a great shame that they aren't produced still - the Clio has none of the personality of the Fabulous Five!

Edited by Ngaire Wadman on 16/02/2017 at 07:46

Andrew Hosking    on 2 May 2017

Agree - The Audi59/original VW Polo was a fine effort
127 Fiat would've been better with a hatch
Is this list too old to include Micra & Yaris?
205 & R5 were great - where is the UNO?
Corsa/Nova no thanks!!

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