Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
Interior finish apart, the CX-3 is a winner. Straight to the top of the class.
The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
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.
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
Another good Mazda from one of the very few car companies – any company, come to that – which simply doesn’t make a bad product
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover for people who don't need family space. But don't dig too deep beyond that
Incredibly competent, deceptively fast, but needs to be at warp speed before it gets interesting.
The definitive example of rock-solid, sensible, impeccable German engineering
Not the perfect solution to all your motoring needs, but a great first effort at a useable everyday hybrid.
Not revolutionary, but Q2 is different enough to make you stand out in a crowd.
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Volkswagen serves up more of the same and it's now better than ever.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
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.