Ever since its first iteration back in 2004, the Mazda 3 has been a firm favourite. Earlier this year an all-new version hit the roads, the fourth incarnation, that looks sharp, and is as good to drive as it's ever been.
We'd say that this is one of those rare cars that should be on any driving instructor's shortlist because, while it's decidedly unexciting, it's an excellent all-rounder. Think of it as a cut-price Golf and you won't be far wrong.
When the original Ford Focus arrived in 1998 it set a new standard for dynamic ability in the small hatchback segment, whilst remaining eminently affordable to buy and run. Adding practicality, sharp looks and great value to the mix, the Focus has quite rightly remained a best-seller over the past two decades.
The second-generation Renault Captur has just been announced and it'll be here next year, with a revised look
Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroen celebrates its centenary this year and, having created some of the world's most distinctive and iconic cars, it went off the boil for a while, churning out me-too designs.
There will be an all-new Golf in showrooms by early next year, but with the outgoing model still selling well, we've put one through its paces to see if it can really compete with newer rivals.
Audi A1 – FirstCar’s Most wanted first car 2019!
Even towards the end of its life, the previous Audi A1 was a brilliant small car and we loved it. Now, there’s an all-new A1 and as you'd expect it's more desirable than ever, though not for those on a tight budget.
We're big fans of Kia here at Intelligent Instructor. After all, what's not to like? You get plenty of car for your money, smart looks, excellent reliability and a long warranty.
For quite a few years now, Hyundai has been giving its rivals a bloody nose thanks to the fact they offer products that are well made, fully equipped, good to drive and reliable