High motoring costs can make even battle-hardened soldiers cry like new born babies
High motoring costs can make even battle-hardened soldiers cry like new born babies, but there are city cars available which minimise motoring expenditure. The Toyota IQ, for example, is the smallest four-seater in the UK but still manages to sit two adults in reasonable comfort. There are two petrol engines to choose from - specifically the 1.0-litre 68bhp and the 1.3-litre 96bhp. The former returns a combined average of 65mpg and is exempt from chargeable road tax as its emissions are only 99g/km. Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the IQ is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £8,888.Motorists who prefer French machinery may go weak at the knees for the Citroen C1. This pint-sized vehicle is available with a 1.0-litre 68bhp petrol engine and a 1.4-litre 55bhp diesel. Neither is particularly powerful - you may actually be overtaken by cyclists - but the compensation is impressively low fuel consumption. The 1.4-litre diesel returns a combined average of 68.9mpg and up to 83.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Emissions range from 106 - 109g/km so road tax for both engines costs £35. The Citroen C1 is available, on a personal contract purchase plan with a £499 deposit, for twenty-four payments of £89 at 9.9% APR. The final vehicle for consideration is rather special. Ladies and gentleman - brace yourself for the Aston Martin Cygnet. This Toyota IQ based vehicle should be available this year, but the technical specification remains an enigma. However, Aston claim the Cygnet offers a 'distinctive, intelligent, and exclusive solution for urban travel'. The Cygnet will initially be available to existing customers only for around £30,000. Clearly, this is a lot of money compared to its rivals, but the Cygnet will be the most affordable route to new Aston ownership.