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New Medium cars

68 New Medium cars reviews available

  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010-)

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    New price: £17,750 - £30,250

    Alfa's new medium hatch driven. The smart new Giulietta assessed inside and out.
  • Audi A3 Sportback (2003-2013)

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    New price: £17,280 - £33,585

    The second-generation Audi A3 Sportback. A five-door hatchback range, built from 2003 onwards. Better than the first generation? Which? finds out.
  • Audi A3 hatchback (2003-2012)

    Audi A3 Mk26

    New price: £16,605 - £32,825

    Full review and test data for the Audi A3 three-door hatchback range, built from 2003 to 2012. Resale value alone makes it a rival to the Ford Focus.
  • Audi A3 hatchback (2012-)

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    New price: £18,315 - £34,950

    Has the latest A3 got what it takes to be the leading luxury medium hatchback?
  • Audi A3 saloon (2013-)

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    New price: £22,860 - £34,990

    Audi A3 saloon (2013-) review - Which? tests the first A3 saloon available in the UK. Can it match the hatchback for practicality and performance?
  • Audi S3 Saloon (2014-)

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    New price: £33,510 - £34,990

    The Audi S3 Saloon is definitely fast enough, but is it an enjoyable car to drive?
  • BMW 1 Series (2011-)

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    New price: £17,895 - £34,640

    Does the second generation of BMW's high-tech hatchback have what it takes to beat talented rivals like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-class?
  • BMW 1 Series hatchback (2004-2011)

    BMW 1 Series 3 Door

    New price: £18,025 - £28,765

    BMW's distinctive 1 Series, initially five-door only, was given a facelift in 2007 when the three-door was introduced.
  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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    New price: - - £31,705

    The 2 Series Active Tourer breaks new ground for BMW. It’s the marque’s first MPV – and the first BMW with front-wheel drive.
  • Chevrolet Cruze (2009-)

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    New price: £13,790 - £20,605

    Full review and test data for the Chevrolet Cruze, a compact saloon replacing Daewoo's Lacetti, produced from 2009 onwards.
  • Chevrolet Lacetti (2004-2011)

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    New price: £11,175 - £14,545

    Can the cheap-to-buy Chevrolet Lacetti, originally known as the Daewoo Lacetti, hold its own in the crowded medium cars market?
  • Chrysler Delta (2011-)

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    New price: £15,985 - £25,700

    Which? tests the Chrysler Delta, launched in 2011, a medium hatchback derived from the Lancia Delta

Used Medium cars

64 Used Medium cars reviews available

  • Alfa Romeo 147 (2001-2010)

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    Used price: From £1,650

    The three- and five-door hatchback Alfa Romeo 147 (2001-2010) is as sporty as you'd expect. But does visibility and boot space measure up?
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010-)

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    Used price: From £13,450

    Alfa's new medium hatch driven. The smart new Giulietta assessed inside and out.
  • Audi A3 (1996-2003)

    Audi A3 Mk110

    Used price: From £1,450

    The Audi A3 three- and five-door hatchback range, built from 1996-2003. It's based on the Golf Mk3 but with a dash of Audi posh thrown in.
  • Audi A3 Sportback (2003-2013)

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    Used price: From £5,150

    The second-generation Audi A3 Sportback. A five-door hatchback range, built from 2003 onwards. Better than the first generation? Which? finds out.
  • Audi A3 hatchback (2003-2012)

    Audi A3 Mk26

    Used price: From £4,195

    Full review and test data for the Audi A3 three-door hatchback range, built from 2003 to 2012. Resale value alone makes it a rival to the Ford Focus.
  • BMW 1 Series hatchback (2004-2011)

    BMW 1 Series 3 Door

    Used price: From £5,175

    BMW's distinctive 1 Series, initially five-door only, was given a facelift in 2007 when the three-door was introduced.
  • BMW 3 Series Compact (2001-2005)

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    Used price: From £2,925

    BMW's hatchback version of its 3 Series - an interesting medium car choice
  • Chevrolet Cruze (2009-)

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    Used price: From £7,175

    Full review and test data for the Chevrolet Cruze, a compact saloon replacing Daewoo's Lacetti, produced from 2009 onwards.
  • Chevrolet Lacetti (2004-2011)

    Chevrolet Lacetti Saloon 2

    Used price: From £1,875

    Can the cheap-to-buy Chevrolet Lacetti, originally known as the Daewoo Lacetti, hold its own in the crowded medium cars market?
  • Citroën C4 (2004-2010)

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    Used price: From £2,795

    Full review and test data for the Citroën C4, the French brand's small family car closely related to the Peugeot 308 and produced from 2004 onwards.
  • Citroën C4 (2011-)

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    Used price: From £10,595

    How does the Citroën C4 stand up to the strong medium hatch competition?
  • Citroën Xsara (1997-2004)

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    Used price: From £695

    Launched way back in 1997 and given a modern restyling in 2000, the medium Citroën Xsara shares its running gear with the Peugeot 306.