As useful as cars get below about £20k. But as joyful? Um...
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
It presents enough rational arguments that it'll insinuate itself deep into many families' lives.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
The Kia Cee'd is the car that lobs the paving slab of reality into the windscreen of preconception. It might be a straight clone of a Toyota/Ford/VW hatch, but it’s a damn good one.
Not as much fun as a Focus Estate, but more comfortable, practical and very well thought out. Looks the part, too.
Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.
While still a comfy, useful hatchback, the C4 Cactus's move mainstream has taken away its class hero status
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
Not the most rounded family estate, but the big Pug oozes desirability. Much cooler than a 3 Series
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.
Peugeot ditches MPVs, does crossovers instead. Seven-seat 5008 is the biggest yet
Buy without regret: the 3 drives as well as it looks. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Mazda’s new 3 family hatch: low on excitement, high on quiet satisfaction