A brilliant answer to the question of eco-friendly urban transport.
Not quite the awful snotter we were expecting. But it is ruined by an awful engine.
New Soul puts practicality to the fore, but in other areas less progress has been made.
An addictive little begger that is much better than its list of failings would have you believe.
The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
Interior finish apart, the CX-3 is a winner. Straight to the top of the class.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
It won't trouble the cream of the three-door hatch brigade, but it's a mighty good effort, and looks fantastic.
A well-considered first effort from Kia: a hot hatch nicely suited to the everyday real world.
A Seat that takes the brand back to its roots, the Toledo is unassuming but able.
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
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.
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
The Kia Cee'd is the car that lobs the paving slab of reality into the windscreen of preconception. It might be a straight clone of a Toyota/Ford/VW hatch, but it’s a damn good one.
Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover for people who don't need family space. But don't dig too deep beyond that
Easy to own but there's not a lot of flair compared to its myriad rivals