Not all small cars have to be budget options, and the small car market has a variety of swanky models to cater for those with a taste for the finer things in life. The Mini Hatch
is our current favourite, especially in five-door format. The Mini badge immediately gives it the classy image that well-heeled buyers crave, while the funky styling makes it even more desirable. The interior isn’t the roomiest, but it’s sensational for quality and there’s lots of scope for personalising your car. Best of all, it’s great to drive, with a range of punchy-yet-efficient engines and a great balance of comfort and agility. Automatic gearboxes are available across the range, from the entry-level Mini One to the sporty John Cooper Works model. It’s not the best automatic gearbox ever produced, but when the rest of the car is this good, that’s not the end of the world.