Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Probably Fiat’s least interesting car, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring if you love a bargain.
New Soul puts practicality to the fore, but in other areas less progress has been made.
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
It won't trouble the cream of the three-door hatch brigade, but it's a mighty good effort, and looks fantastic.
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Looks great, feels classy. Worth a look, Volkswagen and Ford owners.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Great chassis, great interior but so-so powertrain – the Subaru Impreza remains an oddball
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
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
Neither revolutionary in style nor the most exciting to drive, but a very mature car
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
Good looking, spacious and well equipped, but it’s missing on that oh-so-important ‘buy-me’ factor...
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