The new Astra is among the front-runners in the small family hatchback class, and considering the strength of the competition, that’s praise indeed. Comfortable and engaging to drive, well equipped and easy to live with, it’s an excellent all-rounder.
For many, the Ford Focus embodies the whole small family car sector. It’s one of the best cars of its type to drive, with agile handling, a comfortable ride and punchy engines. It’s also affordable to buy and run, and it’s practical enough for a small family.
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most familiar sights on British roads, thanks to its popularity as a first car. It’s stylish, practical, easy-to-drive and, in VXR-spec, a proper hot hatch. It’s also excellent value for money and cheap to run, too.