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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

Kia Ceed Hatchback

4 out of 5 4.0

When the original Kia Ceed was launched in 2007 it came with an industry-leading seven-year warranty. It proved timely. The credit crunch was just around the corner, which meant that value-for-money motoring became more important than ever. This new version of the Kia Ceed still comes with that revolutionary warranty but can it up the ante in the... read more

PROS

  • Solid build quality
  • Frugal engines with low CO2 emissions
  • Practical boot

CONS

  • Absence of steering feel
  • Seats need more side support
  • Rivals offer better handling

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

4.8 out of 5 4.8

One hallmark of the Volkswagen Golf that’s been as true of the original back in 1974 as it is this seventh-generation model is that it’s a car for everyone. That might sound a little odd given that it’s more expensive to buy than many of its rivals, but given the range of equipment on offer, the breadth of the petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric... read more

PROS

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

CONS

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

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