Superb family all-rounder will politely give rivals a bloody nose
Hyundai's first full-strength performance car, and it's nailed it. Few hot hatches are this fun to drive
One of the best all-round performance cars ever made. Fast, forgiving, and everyday-friendly
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces
New eighth-gen Golf remains the lingua-franca of the hatch world. A finely polished machine
Been around for a few years. Still among the best of its ilk, but look at the new Leon Estate before you buy
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed
After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
The simplest and most exciting Toyota in years is also a real pleasure to drive
Volvo has made something nicely distinctive here. It'd be impressive even if they'd been practicing for years
Renault’s Qashqai rival is conveniently a rebodied… Qashqai. A fine appliance for family transport
Peugeot ditches MPVs, does crossovers instead. Seven-seat 5008 is the biggest yet
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
Seat’s most complete car. It has no real weaknesses – but we just know you’d rather have the VW…
Another worthy crossover. Comfy, roomy, but not especially interesting
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
Does things differently to the Germans - a safe way to move a family around in style