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.
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.
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
A refreshing niche that ain’t a crossover, but not as sporty as billed
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
The simplest and most exciting Toyota in years is also a real pleasure to drive
Not the most rounded family estate, but the big Pug oozes desirability. Much cooler than a 3 Series
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.
Beautifully built and beautiful to look at. But the A4 is 98 per cent as good, cheaper and less pretentious.
Superb design and refinement cloak a nondescript driving experience. Again.
It’s a seductive car, the new A5 Cabriolet, and while more dynamically accomplished than its predecessor, still more of a grand touring boulevardier rather than a B-road hustler. But what an ownership proposition.
If you really, truly care about driving, the Lotus Elise is about as obvious an answer as water being wet and fire being hot
A great little coupe that looks and feels sharper than ever
Facelifted Audi Roadster features revised engines, tweaked visuals – and very little amusement