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: Fine riding, handling and commodious small car. Reasonably priced. Engine range gradually improved. Facelifted with improved engine range from Spring 2012.
Bad: Slightly firm ride.
Good: Very nicely styled coupe-like three-door hatch. At its best in FR trim with 150PS 1.4 TSI or 2.0 TDI CR.
Bad: 2.0 TDI CR is £1,500 more than 1.4 TSI with DSG.
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: Available in two versions - 265PS and 280PS. Well equipped as standard. Understated looks. Superb road handling
Bad: Seems pricey compared to a Focus ST. Rear seats are cramped.
Good: Shorter three-door version of Leon on MQB subframe. Praised for good combination of ride and handling.
Bad: Only slightly cheaper than five-door.
Good: Estate version of the impressive new Leon. Rides and handles well. Boot space is bigger than an Audi A6 Avant or Ford Mondeo Estate.
Bad: Not much cheaper than a Volkswagen Golf Estate in mid level specification.
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.
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.