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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


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


  • 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

Hyundai i30 Hatchback

4.2 out of 5 4.2

If you’re looking for a likeable workhorse that is practical, reliable and cheap – both to buy and run – then the 2017 Hyundai i30 should be on your shopping list. On its march to become the largest Asian car company, the Korean firm has been working hard to improve its brand image. The i30 is a clear statement that it’s more than capable of... read more


  • Low running costs
  • Lots of safety kit
  • Impressive petrol engines
  • Quiet, refined cabin
  • Improved infotainment
  • Excellent i30 N


  • Some rivals more entertaining
  • Rear seats don’t fold flat
  • Dull design 

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


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


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

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