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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


Vauxhall Astra Hatchback

4 out of 5 4.0

With a sharper-edged design and lightweight underpinnings, the seventh generation Vauxhall Astra hatchback range has a tough job on its hands with such an array of accomplished rivals in the compact family car market. Chief among the British-built model’s challengers are the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, but with others such as the SEAT Leon and... read more


  • Low running costs
  • High levels of on-board tech
  • Engaging to drive
  • Sprightly engine range


  • Rivals are more spacious
  • Ordinary image
  • No all-out performance version
  • Styling a little questionable

Peugeot 308 Hatchback

4.3 out of 5 4.3

If you’re on the hunt for a family hatchback then the Peugeot 308 needs to be on your list – this talented all-rounder is more than a match for the go-to choices of Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. This is the second-generation 308 after Peugeot ditched its strategy of increasing the third number of its model names by one when the... read more


  • Good looking modern hatch
  • Refreshingly simple interior
  • Very practical
  • Excellent running costs


  • Intense competition
  • Lack of buttons in cabin
  • No hybrid or electric version
  • Could be bigger in the back

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

4.8 out of 5 4.8

One hallmark of the Volkswagen Golf that’s been as true of the original back in 1974 as it is this seventh-generation model is that it’s a car for everyone. That might sound a little odd given that it’s more expensive to buy than many of its rivals, but given the range of equipment on offer, the breadth of the petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric... read more


  • Spacious yet compact
  • Efficient range of engines
  • GTI and R provide thrills
  • Luxurious feel
  • Even better post-2017 facelift


  • Expensive to buy
  • Options are pricey
  • Evolutionary styling
  • GTD isn’t a diesel GTI

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