Skoda Rapid hatchback

£14,400 - £19,165

The Skoda Rapid looks like a saloon but it's actually a hatchback that counts cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf as its main rivals. The Rapid is very practical thanks to its large boot, and is great value too, making it seriously worth considering if you have a family.

Naturally the car's relatively low price means the inside is not quite as luxurious and smart as those of more expensive cars in this class, but overall the Rapid is one of the most complete packages and serves as another example of Skoda's nous when it comes to judging the needs of buyers in particular sections of the market.

While it's not particularly stylish, fast or exciting, the Rapid is a great choice for most families and is available with a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines. There are four trim levels to choose from: entry-level S, SE, Sport and SE L.