Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
Bigger and better than ever, the Superb offers a whole lot of car for the cash.
Great chassis, great interior but so-so powertrain – the Subaru Impreza remains an oddball
Looks great, feels classy. Worth a look, Volkswagen and Ford owners.
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
New Insignia ticks every cost-effective box, and is much more refined than before. Still tricky to be enthusiastic about, though
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
The definitive example of rock-solid, sensible, impeccable German engineering
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
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
Probably Fiat’s least interesting car, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring if you love a bargain.
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
We've had to wait for it, but the new Mondeo has been well worth it.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
Not the best car in this uninspiring, fleet-orientated end of the segment but a very worthy effort.