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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
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Rivals

Audi A3 Sportback

4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Audi A3 Sportback is a premium hatchback rivalling the BMW 1 Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Volvo V40, as well as the Volkswagen Golf (which it shares its underpinnings with) and the leftfield hybrid-only Lexus CT. The A3 is also available as a three-door (which has been dropped from the range), this five-door A3 Sportback and the A3... read more

PROS

  • Wide range of excellent engines available
  • Good to drive with smooth ride on most models
  • Practical and roomy interior, plus excellent quality

CONS

  • Higher-spec models can be pricey, as can options
  • Some features feel dated next to rivals
  • S Line models have a firm ride

BMW 1-Series Hatchback

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The cliche 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' was probably created for the BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch. Its long bonnet and rounded rear are challenging to the eye, but its undoubted sales success clearly proves that buyers really don't mind how the 1 Series looks – it's how it drives, the overall quality, and the equity of the badge that really... read more

PROS

  • Some versions engaging to drive
  • Superb diesel economy
  • M140i is great value on finance
  • Impressive material quality

CONS

  • Cramped, especially in the rear
  • On the pricey side to buy outright
  • Styling can be divisive
  • Luggage capacity is limited

Lexus CT

3 out of 5 3.0

While the Japanese firm may want the tagline to read ‘world’s first compact premium hybrid’, look beyond the company spiel and in fact the Lexus CT200h is merely an affordable way in to the Lexus brand and an avenue for the manufacturer to try and pull in ‘younger’ buyers. It’s also a way of stopping Toyota customers leaving the Toyota/Lexus family... read more

PROS

  • Low running costs
  • Impressive equipment levels
  • Refined drivetrain
  • Well-built interior

CONS

  • Lacklustre performance
  • Poor ride on pre-2014 cars
  • Lifeless driving experience

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