Vauxhall has turned the Corsa into a class-competitive contender.
Vauxhall has turned the Corsa VXR into a convincing fast pocket rocket.
It's a sizeable leap, and enough to shove the Polo up to the upper reaches of the supermini order.
A far-reaching facelift has improved it, but it's still not a match for the class best. At least you can now justify it.
Neither revolutionary in style nor the most exciting to drive, but a very mature car
Softer and a little disappointing: the new RS isn’t what it was. Still fun, but we hoped for more…
Cheery and characterful, the new Clio is a genuinely appealing supermini.
Cracking supermini is one of the best cars Ford makes. Britain’s top seller? It makes you proud.
It's divisive but, judging by sales, in a good way. Another Nissan crossover success.
Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.
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.
It won't trouble the cream of the three-door hatch brigade, but it's a mighty good effort, and looks fantastic.
A well-considered first effort from Kia: a hot hatch nicely suited to the everyday real world.
Well done Audi, this one's a proper little stonker: fast, small, fun, a 4wd hot hatch done properly.
Kia improves things yet again. Refinement, styling and interior quality are nearly as good as anything out there. Nearly…
Not as far behind the Ford Focus as you might think. Vauxhall's facelifted hatch is a very competent thing... but an all-new one lurks around the corner.
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
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.