As useful as cars get below about £20k. But as joyful? Um...
Vauxhall has turned the Corsa VXR into a convincing fast pocket rocket.
At last, a small Vauxhall that’s not tedious to drive! Now, just sort out that dated interior
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, endless rivals are about as good.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
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.
A fantastic everyday proposition, a hot hatch that's easy to live with. Mostly for good
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
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
BMW's switch from RWD to FWD for the new hatch is no bad thing. This new 1 Series is a good car from the bottom up.
BMW performance hatch that is also a bit of a bargain. It's not quite a 1M, but it's close.