A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
Not as far behind the Ford Focus as you might think. Vauxhall's facelifted hatch is a very competent thing... but an all-new one lurks around the corner.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
BMW's switch from RWD to FWD for the new hatch is no bad thing. This new 1 Series is a good car from the bottom up.
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
The definitive example of rock-solid, sensible, impeccable German engineering
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
One of the best all-round performance cars ever made. Fast, forgiving, and everyday-friendly
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
New eighth-gen Golf remains the lingua-franca of the hatch world. A finely polished machine
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.
BMW performance hatch that is also a bit of a bargain. It's not quite a 1M, but it's close.