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?
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect