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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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The 207 is proof that Peugeot is still a master when it comes to small cars. It's roomy, well equipped, attractively styled and comes with strong petrol and diesel engines. Peugeot's 207 is also good to drive with decent steering and a comfortable ride. It's not as refined as alternatives like the Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa, however, while the... read more

PROS

Neat styling, high safety rating, great diesels, fun handling, frugal diesels

CONS

Cramped rear cabin, vague five-speed gearbox, sluggish petrol engines

Mazda 2 (07-15)

4 out of 5 4.0

The Mazda 2 introduced the world to the Japanese firm’s belief that light weight was every bit as important in the fight against emissions and fuel consumption. While others simply tried to improve engine performance, Mazda has taken a holistic view with the 2 by not only making the engines perform better but by giving them less weight in the body... read more

PROS

  • Good to drive
  • Stylish and sporty look
  • Holds its value well
  • Good equipment levels

CONS

  • Awkward boot shape
  • Noisy at speed
  • Firm ride

Ford Fiesta (08-17)

4.4 out of 5 4.4

It’s testament to the remarkable talents of the Ford Fiesta that despite this generation being launched back in 2008, it’s still the small hatchback to beat, whether you choose an economical diesel, a sprightly petrol or a sporty ST derivative. Battling it out against an array of talented contenders such as the Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Mazda 2,... read more

PROS

  • Drives as well as it looks
  • Great value
  • Economical
  • Superb ST performance models

CONS

  • Rear headroom is poor
  • Boot could be easier to access
  • Cabin is looking dated

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