Cars, like washing machines, are functional objects, and there’s no immediately obvious reason why they should seem to have personalities. But sometimes it works out that way.

One of the possible personalities is cuteness. Whether or not you think a particular car – or any car at all – is cute is down to you, but some of them do have that extra bit of charm which adds to their appeal.

This is not necessarily about good looks. Some cute cars are also visually attractive, but they don’t have to be. An ugly car may still be lovable.

Here’s a selection of cars we think qualify as cute. Your mileage may, of course, vary. They cover a wide range, but it’s notable that they are almost all cheap, they almost all have distinctive ‘faces’ and most of them have round headlights. We’ll leave it to a psychologist to work out why that last point is important.