Vauxhall Insignia hatchback

£16,534 - £28,359

The Vauxhall Insignia won the European Car of the Year award in 2009, and Vauxhall targets the car at premium saloons such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. In truth, though, the Insignia and its predecessor the Vectra have always been more of a match for large family cars such as the Ford Mondeo, Citroen C5 and Honda Accord.

Vauxhall has plenty of experience building big family hatchbacks, and it shows in the car's pretty, coupe-like looks, practical interior and decent range of engines. Buyers can have anything from a small 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine all the way up to the 2.8-litre, 321bhp V6 that powers the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersports. There's a wide range of diesel engines, too, offering varying mixes of power and fuel economy.