It has plenty of grip and corners keenly, while the engine line-up both petrol and diesel available delivers a decent mix of performance and economy. Mazda 2. And, joy of joys, it retains all the qualities that made its predecessor such an appealing contender in this highly competitive class: Mazda 3 The fourth-generation Mazda 3 could well be the best looking family hatch currently on sale.
What sets the Fiesta apart though, is that you can actually enjoy driving it when you get the car to yourself.
Click here for the latest Ford Fiesta cash deals Ford Fiesta 1. The handling and steering have found a greater level of sophistication than ever before, while its cabin offers plenty of room for four adults but still lacks some of the polish of more upmarket contenders such as the Volkswagen Golf.
Plus, hatchbacks have a penchant for fun. It's a practical, quiet and composed choice, build quality is top notch and even in our favourite spec it's still relatively cheap.