The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
One of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Qashqai is quiety, comfy and homemade, too
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
It's a sizeable leap, and enough to shove the Polo up to the upper reaches of the supermini order.
Good but not great supermini for dynamics, but a thoroughly enjoyable object
A big French saloon might be an oddball choice, but the 508 looks bold, feels good and drives (mostly) well
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
To call this a posh Prius may sound a little harsh, but that’s what it is.
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?