The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
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.
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
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.
A beautiful, entertaining and fundamentally different hatch.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
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.
Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover for people who don't need family space. But don't dig too deep beyond that
There’s nothing wrong with the Volkswagen Jetta, but why on earth would you get one when the Golf is so much more versatile?
Great-looking, great to drive new Volvo should be a fine car to own.
We've had to wait for it, but the new Mondeo has been well worth it.
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
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.
The definitive example of rock-solid, sensible, impeccable German engineering
Incredibly competent, deceptively fast, but needs to be at warp speed before it gets interesting.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed