Good: Sliding side doors as standard. Very spacious with a good quality interior. Frugal and low CO2 TDI engines. 5 ISOFIX tethers. Sister car to the new Volkswagen Sharan but better value.
Bad: Not thrilling to look at but then few MPVs are.
Good: Smart mid-size SUV. Engine range from 1.0 litre to 2.0 litre, 115PS to 190PS. Plenty of loadspace. Handles nicely even with front drive only.
Bad: Joins lots of others, but SUVs are what people want these days and is now the biggest market sector.
Good: Cheap to run. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Clear and simple dash layout. Facelifted with improved engine range from spring 2012.
Bad: No Cupra version in the five-door. Wind noise at higher speeds. Starting to feel dated inside.
Good: Nicely styled coupe-like three-door hatch. Efficient range of petrol and diesel engines. Good levels of standard equipment.
Bad: Not as practical as its rivals. Starting to feel dated inside. Have been reported problems with the 1.4 Twincharger engine and DSG transmission.
Good: Comfortable, easy to drive and affordable to run. Load area is a good size. Reasonable prices.
Bad: Folding the rear seats could be easier. Skoda Fabia Estate is cheaper.
Good: Big improvements in quality and refinement over previous Leon. Great to drive with sharp handling. Good value. Shares same base as latest A3 and Golf.
Bad: Only top models have fully independent rear suspension.
Good: Great fun to drive with superb handling. Throaty exhaust note. Well equipped as standard.
Bad: More expensive than a Ford Focus ST.
Good: Shorter and sharper looking version of Leon. Impressive combination of ride and handling. Good value for money.
Bad: Pitched as a coupe so not quite as spacious as the five-door Leon. High boot lip makes loading awkward.
Good: Very good looking estate version of the impressive new Leon. Rides and handles well. Boot space is bigger than Audi A6 Avant or Ford Mondeo Estate.
Bad: Not much cheaper than a Volkswagen Golf Estate in mid level specification.
Good: Well-made. Capable in bad weather thanks to four-wheel drive. Easy and relaxing to drive. Spacious interior and comfortable. Can tow up to 2000kg.
Bad: Not as practical as a Skoda Octavia Scout. Limited range of engines.
Good: SEAT version of Volkswagen Up. Powered by low emission 1.0-litre engine. Ecomotive emits below 100g/km CO2. Easy and fun to drive. Good value for money.
Bad: Not as distinctively styled as the Up and only slightly cheaper. Terrible automated manual transmission. High incidence of clutch failure on manuals. Timing belts need replacing at 3 years or 30k miles.
Good: Looks like a conventional saloon but is actually a hatchback. Huge boot space. Good quality and impressively spacious interior. Great value for money and an ideal family car.
Bad: Not the most dynamic looking design.