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Ford Fiesta (08-17)

4.4 out of 5 4.4

It’s testament to the remarkable talents of the Ford Fiesta that despite this generation being launched back in 2008, it’s still the small hatchback to beat, whether you choose an economical diesel, a sprightly petrol or a sporty ST derivative. Battling it out against an array of talented contenders such as the Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Mazda 2,... read more

PROS

  • Drives as well as it looks
  • Great value
  • Economical
  • Superb ST performance models

CONS

  • Rear headroom is poor
  • Boot could be easier to access
  • Cabin is looking dated

This Volkswagen Polo is arguably the most upmarket small car that you can buy. It's refined, stylish and - depending on which engine you choose - can be incredibly frugal or delightfully quick. Much of the look and layout inside echoes that of the VW Golf - a high quality car itself. It works so well that many buyers should consider whether they... read more

PROS

  • Roomy interior
  • Low running costs
  • Beautifully built
  • Good choice of engines
  • Quiet on the motorway
  • Frugal Bluemotion version

CONS

  • Not as exciting to drive as a Ford Fiesta

The Hyundai i20 is the firm’s replacement for the Getz - previously its most popular model in the UK. It's a huge step forward from the car it replaces. This is a small hatchback from Hyundai that's good enough to be a realistic alternative to models like the Vauxhall Corsa and Toyota Yaris.It's neatly styled and robustly built too with a solid and... read more

PROS

  • Well equipped
  • Easy to drive
  • Good rear passenger space
  • Neat styling

CONS

  • Firmly padded seats
  • Some cheap-looking interior plastics on base models

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