A great little coupe that looks and feels sharper than ever
Judged appropriately, the Plus 4 is a charming tonic to the grumpy, cynical modern world
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
Facelifted Audi Roadster features revised engines, tweaked visuals – and very little amusement
It's a sizeable leap, and enough to shove the Polo up to the upper reaches of the supermini order.
Audi serves up a confident, capable hot crossover. Just forgets to add spice
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
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
One of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Qashqai is quiety, comfy and homemade, too
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.
Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
The simplest and most exciting Toyota in years is also a real pleasure to drive
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, endless rivals are about as good.
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.