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…
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.
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.