Skoda Rapid hatchback

£14,400 - £19,165

The Skoda Rapid is a hatchback disguised as a saloon, so it looks a bit different from its real rivals, the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, and comes with a massive boot that makes it very practical for family use. It is a good-value car, which means the interior comfort and quality don’t quite live up to the standards set by its more expensive competition, but it still managed to score the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests. For the money, there really isn’t much else in this family car class that feels as well rounded as the Rapid, and Skoda knows its market very well. So, it may not be the most exciting car on the UK market, but it's definitely a really great choice for most families. The Rapid comes in three specifications – entry-level S, mid-range SE and top-of-the-range Elegance – and offers a wide range of petrol engines with a smaller selection of diesel options.