The best 21st Century MG yet. Other faint praise is available
The looks might be polarising but it's not actually ugly and certainly not – bigger crime – bland
If it ain't broke, don't fix it; updated Captur is still one of the better small crossovers on sale
It’s not that the ASX is truly bad by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that its competition is newer. And better.
An addictive little begger that is much better than its list of failings would have you believe.
Cheap, but doesn't always feel it. The Korando is coming of age
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?
Sensible and worthy, but pretty desirable too. Tons of room in the back, but little driving fun to be had
Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, endless rivals are about as good.
Another worthy crossover. Comfy, roomy, but not especially interesting
Ford has gone to work on the updated EcoSport, dragging it from a blot on its record to a class contender
Interior finish apart, the CX-3 is a winner. Straight to the top of the class.
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.
It’s handsome, well-built and pleasant, with Kia’s monster warranty an added draw.
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).
Great chassis, great interior but so-so powertrain – the Subaru Impreza remains an oddball
A great examplar for keeping a car's mechanicals simple. The MX-5 provides fun at entirely legal speeds