Compact hatchbacks

The winner is…

Audi A3

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.

You voted for…

Mercedes A-Class

The stylish Mercedes A-Class hatchback was your top compact choice. However, a firm ride held it back in the final reckoning.

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With decent tech and a broad engine range, the Mercedes A-Class is a strong premium hatchback – but it’s not quite the best of its era.
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