Top 10: Cheapest automatics

You don't need to spend a fortune on a luxury car to be able to enjoy the advantages of an automatic gearbox. Autos are easier and more relaxing to drive, especially if a lot of your miles are covered on congested city streets.

Fortunately, even a modest budget can still take the effort out of motoring with our choice of the cheapest automatics on sale.

1

Toyota Aygo: £12,080

If you want an automatic Toyota Aygo, you’ll have to spec the robotised manual gearbox. It’s not the most pleasant transmission, but otherwise the Aygo’s a likeable little city car. You can customise its appearance to suit your tastes, while the interior is quirky yet relatively practical.

Read the full review of the Toyota Aygo

List Price from £11,380
Buy new from £9,452
Contract hire from £123.18 per month
2

Citroen C1: £12,205

Back to the Aygo/108/C1 trio. If you want a C1 with an automatic gearbox, you’ll have to spec the Feel specification for £12,205. For that, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning and body colour door mirrors.

Read the full review of the Citroen C1

List Price from £10,135
Buy new from £9,445
Contract hire from £150.50 per month
3

Peugeot 108: £12,335

The Peugeot 108 is closely related to the Toyota Aygo, hence its shared robotised manual gearbox. While it's easy to spot the differences to the Aygo on the outside, the interior is very similar to the Toyota - complete with a dashboard which mimics an angry Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Read the full review of the Peugeot 108

List Price from £9,690
Buy new from £9,860
Contract hire from £137.45 per month
4

Hyundai i10: £12,350

If an automatic gearbox is a must-have in your city car, the Hyundai i10 is a much better choice than the Toyota Aygo or Peugeot 108 - and only marginally more expensive. Rather than a clumsy robotised manual gearbox, the Hyundai uses a conventional four-speed auto, which changes gear smoothly.

Read the full review of the Hyundai i10

List Price from £9,900
Buy new from £8,700
Contract hire from £116.90 per month
5

Kia Picanto: £12,420

You might think the Picanto is yet another ubiquitous city car, but we described it as ‘a bit special’ when we tried it last year. It’s genuinely fun to drive, while the interior is up there with the best in the class and practicality’s good, too. Opt for the four-speed automatic gearbox and you get a ‘proper’ torque-converter auto that changes gears seamlessly.

Read the full review of the Kia Picanto

List Price from £9,870
Buy new from £8,428
Contract hire from £119.84 per month
6

Smart Fortwo: £12,585

Proving that you don't need to blow the budget for a fashionable choice, the Smart Fortwo is available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox for just £995 more than the manual.

Read the full review of the Smart Fortwo

List Price from £12,115
Buy new from £10,104
Contract hire from £136.54 per month
7

Renault Twingo: £13,460

The Renault Twingo shares its underpinnings with the Smart Fortwo. As such, it's fun to drive, quirky and is available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It's better in town than out of it, but it still represents very good value for money.

Read the full review of the Renault Twingo

List Price from £10,755
Buy new from £8,084
Contract hire from £146.90 per month
8

Suzuki Ignis: £15,649

Opt for a Suzuki Ignis is SZ5 time, and you can pair the 1.2-litre petrol engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. It's an automated manual gearbox rather than a proper auto, meaning it can be a bit jerky around town - but, being a Suzuki, it's likely to be reliable.

Read the full review of the Suzuki Ignis

List Price from £11,869
Buy new from £10,169
Contract hire from £135.59 per month
9

Honda Jazz: £15,680

We like the Honda Jazz - as do our readers. Honda offers a CVT automatic gearbox with both the 1.3- and 1.5-litre petrol engines. While some drivers aren't keen on CVT gearboxes, Honda's is fine - especially for around town driving.

Read the full review of the Honda Jazz

List Price from £14,600
Buy new from £11,557
Contract hire from £136.28 per month
10

Kia Rio: £15,895

You'd be better stretching to the 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Rio, but the older 1.4 engine represents good value for money and is available with an excellent six-speed torque-converter gearbox. For £15,895, you'll get a '2' model, with 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and a seven-inch media display.

Read the full review of the Kia Rio

List Price from £12,470
Buy new from £10,388
Contract hire from £147.55 per month