A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
A very rational car in standard form, which will make your life easy, but not exciting. The i30 N hot hatch manages to make it easy AND exciting. It's ace
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
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.
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
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
A fun car with a practical side, but no longer one of the sharpest hot hatches on sale
This Focus, if you get the better rear suspension, is the sweetest drive in the mainstream hatch class
A fantastic everyday proposition, a hot hatch that's easy to live with. Mostly for good
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
Bigger and better than ever, the Superb offers a whole lot of car for the cash.
Not revolutionary, but Q2 is different enough to make you stand out in a crowd.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
Biggest Mini yet is the least fun to drive. But new Countryman has practicality on its side.
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
A likeable thing. Go for a higher powertrain and it makes most sense.
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.