Citroën DS3 hatchback

£12,865 - £23,220

The Citroen DS3 is a French contender to the MINI hatchback, Audi A1 and Alfa Romeo MiTo, all of which offer an upmarket twist on the small car recipe. Like the MINI, there's lots of room for personalisation and funky colours, but beware the entry-level DSign trim level, which doesn’t have air-con.

More fun to drive and characterful than the MiTo and A1, the DS3 also has the biggest boot and reasonable rear legroom. It makes do with just three doors, however, where MINI and Audi both offer small cars with the option of five doors.

The DS3 has a starting price which undercuts its rivals and a strong engine line-up. It still can’t quite match the MINI's pin-sharp handling, or the solidity of the A1's interior, but as an all-rounder the DS3 makes a great package.