You might expect the lightest vehicles we tested in 2018 to be performance vehicles best suited to track work, but we found the five lightest of the 77 vehicles we featured over the year were all budget-beating hatchbacks and sedans...

5. Ford Figo 1,5 Trend: 1 033 kg

Figo

The facelifted Ford Figo does a decent job of dealing with road imperfections, while its new 1,5-litre three-cylinder engine has the potential to deliver impressive fuel consumption. And that's thanks in part to the vehicle's low overall weight...

4. Nissan Micra Active 1,2 Vista: 960 kg

Nissan Micra active

With that cheeky body kit and honest 1,2-litre engine, the Micra (based on the previous-generation model) is more entertaining than you may think, thanks largely to its low mass figure...

3. Honda Amaze 1,2 Comfort: 926 kg

Honda’s replacement for the Brio Amaze is aimed primarily at fleet buyers and Uber drivers, but also offers a respectable list of standard features. We also found that its small capacity engine and sub-1 000 kg mass afforded it an impressive fuel consumption figure.

2. Suzuki Baleno 1,4 GL: 916 kg

Baleno

The Baleno is a prime example of small-car packaging done right, balancing impressive boot space with decent interior room. It also happens to be far lighter than most other cars of a similar size. And, of course, it isn’t the only Suzuki on this list...

1. Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL: 872 kg

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki's become pretty adept at keeping the weight down, hasn't it? And even though the new Swift isn't lightning quick in a straight line, there's no denying there's fun to be had behind its steering wheel. Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to the Swift Sport...