The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed.
After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
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.
Colourful character in a muted part of the market
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
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
Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover for people who don't need family space. But don't dig too deep beyond that
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.
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
The Clubman has charm but, although roomier, it’s not as fun to drive as it was.
Not revolutionary, but Q2 is different enough to make you stand out in a crowd.
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.