Colourful character in a muted part of the market
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.
A big French saloon might be an oddball choice, but the 508 looks bold, feels good and drives (mostly) well
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
A supremely desirable, futuristic ‘mini with a powertrain for everyone. Just beware the firm ride
It's a sizeable leap, and enough to shove the Polo up to the upper reaches of the supermini order.
One of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Qashqai is quiety, comfy and homemade, too
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
Peugeot has a hit on its hands with the good looking and cheerily willing 208.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
A far-reaching facelift has improved it, but it's still not a match for the class best. At least you can now justify it.
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.
Not as far behind the Ford Focus as you might think. Vauxhall's facelifted hatch is a very competent thing... but an all-new one lurks around the corner.
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?