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SEAT Toledo

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The SEAT Toledo is the latest model to join the Spanish manufacturer’s range, and the company has high hopes for this, its latest medium–sized five-door. SEAT will be hoping that the Toledo can help dent the sales figures of popular established hatchbacks like the Ford Focus while pinning back newer entries in to this market such as the Volvo V40. read more


Useful 550 litre bootspace, green Ecomotive engines, affordable purchase price


Resale values won't be strong, restricted middle rear seat, not as composed as VW Golf or Ford Focus, interior plastics could be better

Honda Civic Hatchback

4.6 out of 5 4.6

The British-built Honda Civic hatchback is now in its 10th generation – and this time around, it looks a whole lot more conventional than before. It's still a leftfield choice, but less so, and now it's built in Britain too. Civic has enjoyed the largest single-model development programme in Honda’s history, and unlike previous incarnations, it... read more


  • Strong turbocharged engines
  • Excellent handling and ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Eye-catching appearance


  • Lower and harder to get into than some rivals
  • Styling not to everyone’s tastes
  • Claustrophobic rear seats

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. READ: Full review of the 2018 Ford Focus Whether you’ve a young family and are looking for something inexpensive and safe to... read more


  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Broad range of powerplants
  • Staggering speed of RS
  • Generously equipped


  • Poor steering feedback
  • Counter-intuitive PowerShift gearbox
  • Seats lack lateral support
  • Rivals are more spacious

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