The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
A surprisingly rounded EV. Still fun to drive, and uncompromised inside, but it’s likely to be your second car
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
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed
After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Skoda might just have turned things on its head. You’d now recommend an Octavia over a VW Golf or Seat Leon
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
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
A capable answer to a question nobody should be asking
Not as much fun as a Focus Estate, but more comfortable, practical and very well thought out. Looks the part, too.
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
It's taken Volkswagen a surprising amount of time to get here, but finally we have a Golf Estate that's up with the best.