The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.
Vauxhall has turned the Corsa into a class-competitive contender.
It's a sizeable leap, and enough to shove the Polo up to the upper reaches of the supermini order.
The 2008 is a proper little mashup, which just about works.
A far-reaching facelift has improved it, but it's still not a match for the class best. At least you can now justify it.