The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
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
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring