This is the most important test of the year. Honestly. If you thought that was a battle between hybrid hypercars that most people aren’t even going to see in real life, let alone drive, you’d be wrong. Because if importance is based on the car you’re statistically most likely to actually own, then this particular test is the holy grail. Obviously, there’s a deep, dark, mind-wiping pit of statistics to take note of here, though I’ve simplified them somewhat, because at one point my forehead actually bounced off my laptop in boredom. Basically, it doesn’t get much more real-world than the three cars on these pages: according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the most popular type of car in the UK last year was the supermini, selling a total of 813,092 units of four-metre-ish long five-seater hatchbacks. Of those variously badged little cars, the top three best-sellers were, in order, the Ford Fiesta (121,929), the Vauxhall Corsa (84,275) and the Volkswagen Polo (42,609). These, then, are the cars we actually buy, and given that VW and Vauxhall have recently re-entered the violently contested theatre of supemini war with new versions of the Polo and Corsa to take on perennial TopGear favourite the Fiesta, it’s time to find out which is best.
Pictures: Matt Howell
This feature originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of Top Gear Magazine.