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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Honda Civic Hatchback review.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

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

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

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

PROS

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

CONS

  • 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

PROS

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

CONS

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

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