The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
The 2008 is a proper little mashup, which just about works.
It presents enough rational arguments that it'll insinuate itself deep into many families' lives.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
A Seat that takes the brand back to its roots, the Toledo is unassuming but able.
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
One of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Qashqai is quiety, comfy and homemade, too
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
Bigger and better than ever, the Superb offers a whole lot of car for the cash.
Not the perfect solution to all your motoring needs, but a great first effort at a useable everyday hybrid.
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
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
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
Not the most rounded family estate, but the big Pug oozes desirability. Much cooler than a 3 Series
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.
Buy without regret: the 3 drives as well as it looks. Very nicely balanced indeed.
Mazda’s new 3 family hatch: low on excitement, high on quiet satisfaction