Everything we've come to love about new-age Volvos in a smaller size
Well done Audi, this one's a proper little stonker: fast, small, fun, a 4wd hot hatch done properly.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Bigger and better than ever, the Superb offers a whole lot of car for the cash.
Incredibly competent, deceptively fast, but needs to be at warp speed before it gets interesting.
A big French saloon might be an oddball choice, but the 508 looks bold, feels good and drives (mostly) well
Another good Mazda from one of the very few car companies – any company, come to that – which simply doesn’t make a bad product
Volkswagen serves up more of the same and it's now better than ever.
New Insignia ticks every cost-effective box, and is much more refined than before. Still tricky to be enthusiastic about, though
Forget the Magentis, this is a big Kia that's actually appealing. But so too is the cheaper Hyundai i40...
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
A safe, sensible, comfortable saloon. Not a patch on the latest BMW 3-Series, though.
Not the best car in this uninspiring, fleet-orientated end of the segment but a very worthy effort.
There’s nothing wrong with the Volkswagen Jetta, but why on earth would you get one when the Golf is so much more versatile?
A Seat that takes the brand back to its roots, the Toledo is unassuming but able.
Better than before with faint Lexus stylings on the exterior but still not very interesting. At all. There are better options.