More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.
Mercedes nails it. The C-Class cabrio is pleasant to drive but majors on open-top relaxation
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
A good car in a class of great ones
Beautifully built and beautiful to look at. But the A4 is 98 per cent as good, cheaper and less pretentious.
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
Jaguar said its SUVs made new estate cars pointless. It’s built one anyway, and it’s mostly a success.
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
Biggest Mini yet is the least fun to drive. But new Countryman has practicality on its side.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status
The Clubman has charm but, although roomier, it’s not as fun to drive as it was.
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
Easy to own but there's not a lot of flair compared to its myriad rivals
Suffers from exactly the same flaw as every other Infiniti – the only reason you’d buy one is because it’s rare-groove different. Not necessarily better.