Lexus makes a posh compact SUV but forgets to make it drive well.
Audi serves up a confident, capable hot crossover. Just forgets to add spice
Low on excitement, but high on value. Ka+ is a Fiesta on a shoestring budget
We've had to wait for it, but the new Mondeo has been well worth it.
Connectivity and interior layout takes priority over how it drives. For some, that'll be perfect
Cosier and more expensive than rivals, but appealing badge and quality
A giant, kitted out seven-seat 4x4 for the price of a top-spec Qashqai. Only apply if you like your driving rufty-tufty
A safe, sensible, comfortable saloon. Not a patch on the latest BMW 3-Series, though.
The Grandland X is a good car, but not a great car. However, that doesn’t matter so much in the SUV class
The Peugeot 508 SW is a better car than the Citroen C5 Tourer it shares its chassis with.
Not the most rounded family estate, but the big Pug oozes desirability. Much cooler than a 3 Series
A car that returns to trade on past glories. The game's moved on, Subaru.
The new Kuga is safer and roomier than before. Less fun, but a better family car
As green as cars get these days, the V60 Plug-in has the best of both worlds – pace and economy.
Go ahead if you like the look of it. If you don't, endless rivals are about as good.
By going transverse-engined the X1 has become technically less distinctive, but more useful in the real world
Not revolutionary, but Q2 is different enough to make you stand out in a crowd.
Superb design and refinement cloak a nondescript driving experience. Again.
Beautifully built and beautiful to look at. But the A4 is 98 per cent as good, cheaper and less pretentious.
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.
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.