More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.
Peugeot ditches MPVs, does crossovers instead. Seven-seat 5008 is the biggest yet
Renault’s Qashqai rival is conveniently a rebodied… Qashqai. A fine appliance for family transport
One of the best all-round performance cars ever made. Fast, forgiving, and everyday-friendly
Been around for a few years, but still among the best of its ilk
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
A great examplar for keeping a car's mechanicals simple. The MX-5 provides fun at entirely legal speeds
The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces
New eighth-gen Golf remains the lingua-franca of the hatch world. A finely polished machine
An addictive little begger that is much better than its list of failings would have you believe.
Seat’s most complete car. It has no real weaknesses – but we just know you’d rather have the VW…
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
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
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
Another worthy crossover. Comfy, roomy, but not especially interesting
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
Cosier and more expensive than rivals, but appealing badge and quality
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian