Well rounded, but short on personality and doesn't go far enough.
Toyota has changed more about the little Aygo than you might think, but the dull and rather small cabin keeps it behind the best of the rest
Far, far better than the last one, but still likely to remain a niche purchase.
Skoda offers it in a very pretty green. There’s your reason to not buy a Mii.
Similar to the old one underneath, but with a happier character and even lower running costs.
Like the Skoda Citigo, a cheaper VW Up — a winner, in other words.
The Suzuki Jimny is a tiny, cheap and rival-free hardcore off-roader. Does what it does quite brilliantly. Does everything else appallingly.
The Jimny’s ultra-honest unpretentiousness is the antidote to every beige crossover out there. Just don’t expect sophistication, and you’ll adore it
The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
A very rational car in standard form, which will make your life easy, but not exciting. The i30 N hot hatch manages to make it easy AND exciting. It's ace
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
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
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
A fantastic everyday proposition, a hot hatch that's easy to live with. Mostly for good
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.