Mazda’s new 3 family hatch: low on excitement, high on quiet satisfaction
Buy without regret: the 3 drives as well as it looks. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Low on excitement, but high on value. Ka+ is a Fiesta on a shoestring budget
New Soul puts practicality to the fore, but in other areas less progress has been made.
Cheap and practical. But there are better cars out there that do much the same thing.
Probably Fiat’s least interesting car, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring if you love a bargain.
The best 21st Century MG yet. Other faint praise is available
It’s not that the ASX is truly bad by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that its competition is newer. And better.
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
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
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.
It won't trouble the cream of the three-door hatch brigade, but it's a mighty good effort, and looks fantastic.
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.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
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 Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.