Car Talk


Audi A3 Sportback, from £19,825
Spacious, speedy and practical but with a little more luxury than the Golf, the new A3 Sportback feels like the seventh-generation Golf’s closest rival. But with Audis becoming so popular in the UK, the Golf might be a better option if you don’t want to follow the pack.

Ford Focus, from £13,995
The Ford Focus has long been the only car that has really succeeded at giving the Golf a run for its money. Its predecessors have been the driver’s choice in this segment. It has upped its game in recent years in terms of comfort and tech but doesn’t quite feel as premium as the Golf.

Kia Cee’d, from £13,500
The success of Kia in the UK is proof that people are becoming savvy with their cash. The Cee’d is well built and surprisingly comfortable and well-appointed inside. The driving is less memorable due to an engine range that can lack some sparkle compared to rivals.