More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.
More an SUV than a soft-roader. Patchy dynamics but well finished and has good off-road ability
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
A perfect illustration of why the world is being taken over by crossovers.
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
Lexus makes a posh compact SUV but forgets to make it drive well.
Seat’s most complete car. It has no real weaknesses – but we just know you’d rather have the VW…
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.
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
A likeable Swiss Army knife. A bit bland but will shrug off anything thrown at it.
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
The looks are polarising, but if you want it, you’ll really really want it.
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
C-HR handles well and looks quirky, but hybrid and infotainment systems let the package down
Another good Mazda from one of the very few car companies – any company, come to that – which simply doesn’t make a bad product
It’s big, expensive and not especially clever, but it is really, really good at ferrying lots of people about. Really, really quietly.
The CX-5 is a cracking SUV that really will exceed your expectations. Well worth a look.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
The Eclipse Cross is a striking and mostly successful Qashqai rival