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SEAT Toledo

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The SEAT Toledo is the latest model to join the Spanish manufacturer’s range, and the company has high hopes for this, its latest medium–sized five-door. SEAT will be hoping that the Toledo can help dent the sales figures of popular established hatchbacks like the Ford Focus while pinning back newer entries in to this market such as the Volvo V40. read more

PROS

Useful 550 litre bootspace, green Ecomotive engines, affordable purchase price

CONS

Resale values won't be strong, restricted middle rear seat, not as composed as VW Golf or Ford Focus, interior plastics could be better

The Honda Civic has been around for a very long time: the first generation was launched in 1972 and since then there have been all manner of iterations that Honda has pet names for. The 1983 model is known as the 'Wonder Civic', and one wonders why, and then there's the 1995 'Miracle Civic' that prompts more vigorous head scratching. Thankfully, by... read more

PROS

  • Cavernous boot
  • Lever rear-seat folding system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Economical diesel

CONS

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Pricey when compared with rivals
  • Uninspiring driving experience

Ford Focus Hatchback

4 out of 5 4.0

As an all-rounder few cars match the enduring appeal of the Ford Focus hatchback. There's a version for pretty much everyone – from the humble 1.0-litre Ecoboost to the brilliant 2.3-litre RS – and they're all good to drive. Whether you’ve a young family and are looking for something inexpensive and safe to run, or you’re after a nimble and... read more

PROS

  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Broad range of powerplants
  • Staggering speed of RS
  • Generously equipped

CONS

  • Poor steering feedback
  • Counter-intuitive PowerShift gearbox
  • Seats lack lateral support
  • Rivals are more spacious

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