As useful as cars get below about £20k. But as joyful? Um...
A far better car than it needs to be at the price, and we love it for that.
The looks might be polarising but it's not actually ugly and certainly not – bigger crime – bland
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, endless rivals are about as good.
Jumped-up Clio is miles less tinny than the old one. Breaks no rules, but it's good-looking, refined and comfy
Another worthy crossover. Comfy, roomy, but not especially interesting
There are many good mini-SUVs on the market. The Mokka isn’t one of them. We advise a trip to a Skoda dealership.
Ford has gone to work on the updated EcoSport, dragging it from a blot on its record to a class contender
Cheap, but doesn't always feel it. The Korando is coming of age
Jeep’s tough-look new Renegade brings much-needed brand kudos.
The Kia Cee'd is the car that lobs the paving slab of reality into the windscreen of preconception. It might be a straight clone of a Toyota/Ford/VW hatch, but it’s a damn good one.
Facelifted Sportage gains mild hybrid diesel tech, but it’s not enough to radically alter the class landscape
Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover for people who don't need family space. But don't dig too deep beyond that
Easy to own but there's not a lot of flair compared to its myriad rivals
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
Renault’s Qashqai rival is conveniently a rebodied… Qashqai. A fine appliance for family transport
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
The Clubman has charm but, although roomier, it’s not as fun to drive as it was.
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
The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces
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.