More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.
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.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.
Beautifully built and beautiful to look at. But the A4 is 98 per cent as good, cheaper and less pretentious.
A good car in a class of great ones
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
Jaguar said its SUVs made new estate cars pointless. It’s built one anyway, and it’s mostly a success.
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.
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
The Clubman has charm but, although roomier, it’s not as fun to drive as it was.
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.