More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.
Renault’s Qashqai rival is conveniently a rebodied… Qashqai. A fine appliance for family transport
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
Spoilt for choice between this and an MX-5? You can't actually go wrong. Choose on looks and engine character
Peugeot ditches MPVs, does crossovers instead. Seven-seat 5008 is the biggest yet
The Kia Cee'd is the car that lobs the paving slab of reality into the windscreen of preconception. It might be a straight clone of a Toyota/Ford/VW hatch, but it’s a damn good one.
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
A first-time entrant from Seat that feels like they’ve been practicing for years.
The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces
A great examplar for keeping a car's mechanicals simple. The MX-5 provides fun at entirely legal speeds
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Another worthy crossover. Comfy, roomy, but not especially interesting
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
An addictive little begger that is much better than its list of failings would have you believe.
Superb family all-rounder will politely give rivals a bloody nose
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
Seat’s most complete car. It has no real weaknesses – but we just know you’d rather have the VW…
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
Cosier and more expensive than rivals, but appealing badge and quality
A safe way to move a family around in style.