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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


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


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

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback

4 out of 5 4.0

One of the best-selling small cars in Britain, the Vauxhall Corsa was thoroughly overhauled at the end of 2014 so that it’s in a better position to take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta the Renault Clio and the Volkswagen Polo. Yes, you read that right – this is a significant makeover of the previous Corsa and not an all-new model. It’s more than... read more


  • Packed with equipment
  • More engaging to drive
  • Sweet 1.0-litre engines
  • Fine VXR performance


  • Heavy facelift of previous Corsa
  • Falling behind the opposition
  • Non-turbo engines weaker
  • Firm sports suspension

This Volkswagen Polo is arguably the most upmarket small car that you can buy. It's refined, stylish and - depending on which engine you choose - can be incredibly frugal or delightfully quick. Much of the look and layout inside echoes that of the VW Golf - a high quality car itself. It works so well that many buyers should consider whether they... read more


  • Roomy interior
  • Low running costs
  • Beautifully built
  • Good choice of engines
  • Quiet on the motorway
  • Frugal Bluemotion version


  • Not as exciting to drive as a Ford Fiesta

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