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Good: Huge amount of personalisation for interior and exterior. Good level of standard equipment.
Bad: Limited interior space. Dated engines. Not particularly good to drive.
Good: Small, tall 5-door city car clone of Suzuki Splash. makes best sense in 1.0 petrol and 1.3 diesel low emission versions. Much better than old Agila.
Bad: Okay, but not significantly better than a Hyundai i10, yet costs more money and has a shorter warranty.
Good: First electric car with an indefinite self-powered range. Qualifies for Government £5,000 grant bringing price down to £29,000. VED and London Congestion Charge Exempt. BIK tax on just £1,700.
Bad: Unimpressive fuel consumption when running in petrol mode
Good: Five-seater, South Korean built SUV. reasonably good looking. Improved for 2011 model year.
Bad: Neither the ride quality nor the handling are particularly good. Five seats only. If you want seven seats you have to go for a Chevrolet Captiva.
Good: Good combination of ride quality, steering and safe handling. Strong yet economical 1.4 turbo engine. Frugal CDTi diesels. Neatly styled interior.
Bad: Lesser 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines less impressive.
Good: Motor Show concept car looks, especially around rear haunches. Stable and enjoyable handling. Good level of standard equipment.
Bad: Visibility poor, especially to rear. Interior not dramatically different from the hatchback.
Good: Very practical and spacious. Economical CDTi engines. Not a bad looker for an estate. Decent ride quality. FlexFold seats are a clever touch.
Bad: Uninspiring to drive. Interior lacks sophistication. Eclipsed by the Focus Estate in both quality and handling.
Good: Good quality fit and finish. Impressive refinement. Easy to drive.
Bad: Automatic gearbox isn't the best. Not exciting to drive. Lacks the prestige of a premium convertible.
Good: Essentially a rebadged Fiat Doblo Cargo, good value for money, economical CDTi diesel engines, petrol version also available.
Bad: Smaller diesels are noisy at motorway speeds.
Good: Solid, stylish-looking and decently equipped supermini. Decent handling and some strong, frugal engines.
Bad: Numb, overly light steering. Boot too narrow for standard size pushchair. Dash reflects in screen. DPF problems with 1.3 diesel. Fewer faults than a Polo, but not as reliable as a Fiesta.
Good: Heavily reworked chassis, new styling and new interior with modern safety technology.
Bad: Not a truly all-new car, rather a very heavy revision of the previous generation.
Good: Good looking family saloon and hatch, handles decently, European Car of the Year 2009, EcoFLEX did 55mpg. 99g/km 2.0 diesels from 2014, plus a price cut of £2,000.
Bad: Centre rear seat of hatch and saloon not comfortable for adults, original engines all timing belt not chain (new 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6 diesel all chain.)
Good: Good load carrying ability, comfortable cruiser, neat interior.
Bad: Noisy diesels, not as good to drive as other estates. Weird afterthought rear lights in frame of rear hatch to comply with EC regs of lights at back when hatch open.
Good: Practical, versatile and easy to get in and out of. Facelifted 2014 models get impressive new 1.6-litre CDTi engine.
Bad: Spacesaver spare a £105 option. Pricey top models. Old 1.7-litre CDTi best avoided. Suspension is set-up for sportiness rather than comfort.
Good: Small SUV similar to the Skoda Yeti. Comes as a 4x4 or with standard front-wheel drive. Good rear passenger room. Available with efficient 1.7 CDTi.
Bad: Not a great looker. Lags behind other small SUVs in terms of refinement and performance. Expensive for what it is. Lacking in quality. Noisy at speed.
Good: Low loading sill with the front-wheel drive models makes it easy to lift heavy goods in and out, strong engines and slick gearboxes, low running costs and 25,000-mile service intervals.
Bad: No standard ESP for front-drive models, insubstantial-feeling plastics, the 100PS model feels underpowered on motorway.
Good: Vauxhall version of the Renault Trafic, reliable and well built, comfortable ride and a good all-rounder.
Bad: Getting long in the tooth and starting to show its age now.
Good: 431PS. Huge amount of performance and rear-drive fun for the money. Better looking than Monaro, and with four doors.
Bad: Thirsty, Group 50 insurance and doesn't have the image of a BMW, Audi, Mercedes or Jaguar performance saloon.
Good: Compact yet can house seven people. Rearmost seats fold into floor. More versatile mid-row seating than previous model. Excellent diesel auto.
Bad: Spare wheel is vulnerable to theft. Some build quality concerns. Potential catastrophes with 1.9 diesel engine.
Good: Zafira Tourer Sits above standard Zafira in Vauxhall line-up, has same Flex7 seven-seat system, spacious interior.
Bad: Expensive, not particularly outstanding in any area.
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