Superb family all-rounder will politely give rivals a bloody nose
This Focus, if you get the better rear suspension, is the sweetest drive in the mainstream hatch class
Skoda’s kept all of what we loved about the old Superb (size, space, value) and added updated interior tech and a genuinely stylish body. Verging on genius
The VW faces an uphill struggle against brand laden rivals, but is actually just as good.
One of the best all-round performance cars ever made. Fast, forgiving, and everyday-friendly
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces
Been around for a few years. Still among the best of its ilk, but look at the new Leon Estate before you buy
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
New eighth-gen Golf remains the lingua-franca of the hatch world. A finely polished machine
It's taken Volkswagen a surprising amount of time to get here, but finally we have a Golf Estate that's up with the best.
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Well done Audi, this one's a proper little stonker: fast, small, fun, a 4wd hot hatch done properly.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed
A likeable Swiss Army knife. A bit bland but will shrug off anything thrown at it.
After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not
Jaguar’s little crossover aims to storm a competitive set with F-Type-inspired looks inside and out, and an engaging drive
Land Rover plays with a winning formula just enough. The Evoque remains a stylish, accomplished choice
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families
Not as much fun as a Focus Estate, but more comfortable, practical and very well thought out. Looks the part, too.
Skoda might just have turned things on its head. You’d now recommend an Octavia over a VW Golf or Seat Leon
Colourful character in a muted part of the market