Well rounded, but short on personality and doesn't go far enough.
Low on excitement, but high on value. Ka+ is a Fiesta on a shoestring budget
Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.
Peugeot has a hit on its hands with the good looking and cheerily willing 208.
Cracking supermini is one of the best cars Ford makes. Britain’s top seller? It makes you proud.
An excellent and eminently practical car from Ford. Clever design, good to drive.
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
The 2008 is a proper little mashup, which just about works.
Ford has gone to work on the updated EcoSport, dragging it from a blot on its record to a class contender
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
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
A gamble of a reinvention, but the new, grown-up yet gigglesome Fiesta ST is mostly a winner. Buy one.
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
We've had to wait for it, but the new Mondeo has been well worth it.
Not quite as convincing as the larger S-Max, but it's now not all that far off.
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
The new Kuga is safer and roomier than before. Less fun, but a better family car
Lots of crossover showroom appeal, and lives up to it out on the road.
A big French saloon might be an oddball choice, but the 508 looks bold, feels good and drives (mostly) well