Buy without regret: the 3 drives as well as it looks. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Mazda’s new 3 family hatch: low on excitement, high on quiet satisfaction
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.
Neither revolutionary in style nor the most exciting to drive, but a very mature car
Probably Fiat’s least interesting car, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring if you love a bargain.
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 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
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
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.
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.
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.