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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

PROS

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

CONS

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 – but still pretty wacky – than before. It’s enjoyed the largest single-model development programme in Honda’s history, and unlike previous incarnations, it will be sold in essentially the same form around the... read more

PROS

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

CONS

  • Lower and harder to get into
  • 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

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

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