The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
A surprisingly rounded EV. Still fun to drive, and uncompromised inside, but it’s likely to be your second car
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
The Megane RS has a newfound maturity. Better for tackling the Golf GTI, worse for tackling your local trackday
Much better to drive than the A-Class it’s based on, plus it’s more useful than the saloon. Buy one of these, not a crossover
A credible first ever sports saloon from Kia. Interesting to look at, and huge value for money. Needs a better gearbox though.
For stunning breadth of ability underlined by sporting nous, no small SUV gets close