Lexus makes a posh compact SUV but forgets to make it drive well.
The looks are polarising, but if you want it, you’ll really really want it.
C-HR handles well and looks quirky, but hybrid and infotainment systems let the package down
A giant, kitted out seven-seat 4x4 for the price of a top-spec Qashqai. Only apply if you like your driving rufty-tufty
It’s brilliant. But only up to a point. Pity. It could be so much better...
It'll be a perfect tool for some, but cheap plastics and an underpowered drivetrain mean it'll never be loved
The Subaru XV can manage more than many of its competitors off-road, but it's let down by its engine and gearbox
To call this a posh Prius may sound a little harsh, but that’s what it is.
Failed your family planning classes? You need a Hyundai i800. More budget airline than captain's chair, but needs must.
The Corolla is back, looking better than ever, but still short on fun
Easy to own but there's not a lot of flair compared to its myriad rivals
It’s not that the ASX is truly bad by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that its competition is newer. And better.
Cheap, but doesn't always feel it. The Korando is coming of age
Ford has gone to work on the updated EcoSport, dragging it from a blot on its record to a class contender
The looks might be polarising but it's not actually ugly and certainly not – bigger crime – bland
The best 21st Century MG yet. Other faint praise is available
Handsome, good to drive and easy to use, like all Mazdas. But the engines are lacklustre and the cabin too dour
Worthy supermini that majors on ease of use and grown-up design. Fun is in short order though
An appliance carefully targeted at people who are uninterested in cars.
Expensive, slow, horrid to drive. A mass of metal without sense or relish or ability or anything, really.
Another string to Kia’s ever more impressive bow, the Picanto is a fun and interesting city car.
As useful as cars get below about £20k. But as joyful? Um...