Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
Great chassis, great interior but so-so powertrain – the Subaru Impreza remains an oddball
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
Looks great, feels classy. Worth a look, Volkswagen and Ford owners.
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
A very rational car in standard form, which will make your life easy, but not exciting. The i30 N hot hatch manages to make it easy AND exciting. It's ace
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
The definitive example of rock-solid, sensible, impeccable German engineering
New Soul puts practicality to the fore, but in other areas less progress has been made.
Audi serves up a confident, capable hot crossover. Just forgets to add spice
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
Buy it for the looks and lifestyle, then put up with the flaws. Likeable, but irrational
Probably Fiat’s least interesting car, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring if you love a bargain.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status