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Good: Sliding side doors as standard. Very spacious with a good quality interior. Frugal and low CO2 TDI engines. Sister car to the new Volkswagen Sharan but better value.
Bad: Not thrilling to look at but then few MPVs are.
Good: Roomy cabin with a decent boot. Distinctive styling. Excellent crash test rating.
Bad: The ride quality isn't forgiving enough. Overall a Ford C-MAX does it better. Poor treatment of owners over ABS/ESP module failures.
Good: Longer than standard Altea. Very roomy inside and a huge boot. Decent amount of kit. Excellent crash test rating.
Bad: Only five seats. Less versatile than a Renault Scenic. Ride quality not forgiving enough
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: Very nicely styled coupe-like three-door hatch. At its best in FR trim with 150PS 1.4 TSI.
Bad: Starting to feel dated inside. Have been problems with the 1.4 Twincharger engine and DSG transmission.
Good: Small efficient engines with the option of a tax-free diesel. Smart looks and a useful load area. Reasonable list prices. Decent ride comfort.
Bad: Legroom in the back is still tight and not really suitable for adults. CO2 (and money) saving start/stop technology only available on certain models.
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: Two versions - 265PS and 280PS. Fairly well equipped as standard. Understated looks. Excellent handling and control from multiclutch diff.
Bad: More expensive than a Ford Focus ST, and options can add £5k.
Good: Shorter three-door version of Leon. Praised for good combination of ride and handling.
Bad: Only slightly cheaper than five-door.
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.
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.
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