The Golf is all the car you’ll ever need, the Octavia is the budget choice and the Prius will satisfy your green conscience
Target Price: L14,692-L32,005
For: The Golf is refined and comfortable, yet still fun to drive. The cabin is classy and practical, residuals are strong, and there’s lots of safety kit.
Against: The most basic engines in the range don’t have a lot of power, and the styling is conservative, inside and out.
Target Price: L11,222-L19,097
For: The Octavia is comfortable and easy to drive, has a huge cabin and most versions are cheap to buy and run.
Against: It’s not the most exciting car in its class to drive, and entry-level models miss out on some key equipment. The diesel engines are noisy.
Target Price: L19,911-L22,959
For: The smooth drivetrain, slick rive and roomy cabin mean the Prius is very comfortable. Emissions and economy better those of most hybrids.
Against: The interior plastics are disappointing. Rear visibility isn’t very good and there’s barely any feel in the steering.