Unadventurous styling didn’t stop the upmarket Audi A3 taking the top spot. Look under the skin and you’ll find one of the classiest cabins in the business, top-notch refinement and agile handling. Neat cylinder deactivation technology helps the 1.4-litre petrol deliver diesel-rivalling economy and emissions.
The stylish Mercedes A-Class hatchback was your top compact choice. However, a firm ride held it back in the final reckoning.