The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
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
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
This Focus, if you get the better rear suspension, is the sweetest drive in the mainstream hatch class
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
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
This isn’t a luxury sports saloon – it’s a luxury limousine dressed in a rakish, designer suit