“You can think of the Volkswagen Polo GTI as a mini-Golf GTI. It’s well built and good to drive, but lacks the fun factor of the Ford Fiesta ST.”
£16,230 - £20,775
Despite a firm ride and limited off-road ability, the Audi Q5 is still a very desirable car. Aimed at the Land Rover Freelander 2, it has the build quality and refinement of an Audi saloon but the practicality and space of a larger 4x4, so it's an excellent compromise. Thanks to big seats, it's very comfortable too. If it weren't for the slightly stiff ride Audi would have built a clear class leader. The choice of engines is good, and the excellent 2.0 TDI diesel is the best of the bunch, as it offers pace and economy in equal measure.
£31,720 - £44,780
"The new Hyundai i20 is a spacious, practical supermini but its lacklustre engine range and underwhelming overall performance mean it doesn’t quite match up to the best in class."
£11,445 - £16,725
The Ford Fiesta name has been around since the seventies, and more examples of this model have been sold in the UK than any other car. That's not surprising given its reputation for low cost of ownership, an affordable purchase price, stylish looks and a fun driving experience. The current car is the best yet. The most popular engine in the range is the clever 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which offers impressive performance despite its tiny size. A range of diesel engines are available, too, returning as much as 86mpg.
£10,145 - £18,145
“The Volkswagen Passat estate is ever-so-slightly smaller on the outside, yet much more practical on the inside. It looks great, too.”
£23,745 - £37,035
“The Freelander might be gone, but the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a more than worthy successor in the compact SUV market.”
£32,395 - £42,995
“The Mercedes C-Class estate is good looking – arguably more so than its two main rivals – with a swish exterior and has the usual Mercedes qualities of excellent build quality and a luxurious cabin."
£28,790 - £70,525
“The Dacia Logan MCV offers the space of an estate but at the price of a city car.”
£6,995 - £11,295
"The new Ford Mondeo has lost some of its driving appeal, but in its place is a car that's grown up to offer a quiet and spacious interior that features lots of safety kit."
£19,995 - £26,550
"The Ford Focus is great to drive, full of technology and very refined, but a small boot means it’s not the most practical five-door you can buy."
£13,995 - £25,885