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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Honda Civic Hatchback review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5


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. READ: Full review of the 2018 Ford Focus Whether you’ve a young family and are looking for something inexpensive and safe to... read more


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


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

SEAT Leon Hatchback

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The third-generation SEAT Leon hatchback is based on the same underpinnings as the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf, as well as the Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia. It comes with a firmer suspension arrangement to reinforce SEAT’s sportier aspirations for its car, and as such is probably the best choice from the Volkswagen Group's family hatchback selection if you're... read more


  • Fuel efficient with low emissions
  • Strong performance from all engines
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Fine levels of interior quality


  • Angular mirrors increase wind noise
  • No shortcut buttons on touchscreen media system
  • Suspension on the firm side

The second generation of the Hyundai i30 is another leap forward for the Korean car maker. It is now a stylish family car with efficient petrol and diesel engines. The first generation that was launched in 2007 was quite a staid design but this new model is a good-looking car. The LED daytime running lights give the Hyundai i30 a graceful looking... read more


  • Impressive 890-mile range
  • Low CO2 emissions
  • Good quality interior


  • More expensive than previous model
  • Discounts may be harder to get

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