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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
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Rivals

Toyota C-HR SUV

4.6 out of 5 4.6

The Toyota C-HR is a medium-sized crossover with a twist. Rather than build an obvious Nissan Qashqai rival, with all the family friendly traits that entails, Toyota has chosen to marry the chunky stance of an SUV with a hybrid drivetrain, a sporting, swooping roofline and the looks of – quite frankly – the outlandish concept cars you sometimes see... read more

PROS

  • Hybrid efficiency
  • Concept car design
  • Engaging to drive
  • Comfortable and refined
  • Well equipped

CONS

  • Only two engines – and no diesel
  • Not as practical as rivals
  • CVT auto not for everyone
  • Interior trimming very bold
  • May date quickly

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

4.8 out of 5 4.8

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback is one of the best-known name badges of any car on sale. It's been available in the UK since 1974 and we're currently on the seventh generation, with a major facelift carried out in 2017 to keep the design and technology right up-to-date. It’s more expensive to buy than most of its rivals, but given the range of... read more

PROS

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

CONS

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

Nissan Leaf Hatchback

4.3 out of 5 4.3

This is the second-generation version of the ground-breaking electric Nissan Leaf hatchback, a model that cements Nissan’s position as a battery electric vehicle (BEV) pioneer, by becoming available before most rival manufacturers have managed to launch their first electric cars. The Leaf Mk2 is not entirely new, but a very heavily revised... read more

PROS

  • Easy to drive, silent and refined
  • Intuitive and east-to-use e-pedal set-up
  • Boot larger than it was, and bigger than many hybrid rivals

CONS

  • It’s not a driver’s car, thanks to lifeless steering
  • Longer range, but still shorter than a tank of petrol
  • No SUV version available yet – you need to wait until 2020

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