Skoda Rapid hatchback

£14,400 - £19,165

If all you want from a vehicle is space, value for money and practicality and you absolutely must have a brand-new car, then the Skoda Rapid makes a great deal of sense. It counts models like the Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 amongst its rivals and beats both when it comes to boot space. 

There's plenty of room in the cabin, too, with comfortable seating for four (or five at a stretch), while the Rapid's low price compared to rivals’ makes it very tempting indeed. However, it's not a particularly interesting or exciting car to look at, drive or sit in – it's very much something you’d choose with your head rather than your heart. 

There's a fantastic range of economical, cheap-to-run petrol and diesel engines, while the four trim levels – S, SE, Sport and SE L – are all well equipped, so the Rapid is a great choice for families. However, with the even better equipped and more spacious Octavia sitting just above it in Skoda's range, sales have been disappointing.