The best 21st Century MG yet. Other faint praise is available
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.
Cheap and practical. But there are better cars out there that do much the same thing.
Suffers from exactly the same flaw as every other Infiniti – the only reason you’d buy one is because it’s rare-groove different. Not necessarily better.
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.
Buy without regret: the 3 drives as well as it looks. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Low on excitement, but high on value. Ka+ is a Fiesta on a shoestring budget
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.
This Focus, if you get the better rear suspension, is the sweetest drive in the mainstream hatch class
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
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.