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Which? Car names the best and worst medium cars, based on the UK's most detailed road test reviews, safety scores and unique reliability ratings. Find out the Best Buy medium cars and also read our Top 10 medium car buying tips for more guidance on how to find your ideal hatchback or compact saloon.

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New Medium cars

80 New Medium cars reviews available

  • Mazda 3 hatchback (2013-)

    2015 Mazda3 hatch 1

    New price: £17,130 - £25,115

    Mazda 3 (2013-) review - does the third generation Mazda 3 have what it takes to pinch sales from the Ford Focus and VW Golf?
  • Mercedes-Benz A-class (2005-2012)

    Mercedes A Class 6

    New price: £15,275 - £21,260

    The second-generation Mercedes-Benz A-class offers space to match many medium cars in a supermini-sized body. Can it live up to its high prices?
  • Mercedes-Benz A-class (2012-)

    01 Mercedes Benz A Class

    New price: £19,090 - £42,555

    The latest A-class marks a radical departure for Mercedes-Benz. It's now a stylish and sleek five-door hatchback rival to the Audi A3.
  • Mercedes-Benz B-class (2005-2011)

    Mercedes B Class 3

    New price: £19,635 - £25,195

    The B-class shares its platform and front-wheel-drive layout with it's sister model, the A-class, but offers more room inside. Find out how it fares.
  • Mercedes-Benz B-class (2012-)

    Mercedes B Class 2015 01

    New price: £21,665 - £34,660

    Useful, upmarket and ultra-safe: these are the qualities that distinguish Mercedes-Benz's five-door medium hatchback-cum-MPV. Can the latest 2012 B-class rival the best in class?
  • Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive (2015-)

    2015 Mercedes-Benz B-class ED 1

    New price: £31,950 - £33,995

    Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive (2015-) review - we put the all-electric version of the popular Mercedes B-class medium-sized car through our lab test to see if it is worthy of our Best Buy stamp of approval.
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA (2013-)

    Mercedes CLA 1

    New price: £25,170 - £44,410

    The CLA is based on the A-class, but with sleek styling from the CLS.
  • Mitsubishi Lancer (2008-2011)


    New price: £13,054 - £24,609

    Mitsubishi's large saloon and hatchback, the Lancer, is about the same size as a Honda Accord, but with lower prices.
  • Nissan Leaf (2011-)

    Nissan Leaf 2014

    New price: £21,030 - £32,880

    We test the Nissan Leaf, the world's first mass-produced electric car.
  • Nissan Pulsar (2014-)

    2014 Nissan Pulsar 1

    New price: £14,030 - £23,005

    Nissan Pulsar (2014-) review - We lab test Nissan's family-sized hatchback. The Almera is no more, with the Pulsar taking on the mantle of Nissan's medium-sized hatch. A lower riding, more conventional, Qashqai, will it be just as popular in the UK as the compact SUV?
  • Peugeot 308 (2007-2013)


    New price: £15,245 - £24,190

    Peugeot's replacement for its popular 307 model impresses in many areas, but is it a class leader? The 308 is available as a hatchback or SW estate.
  • Peugeot 308 (2014-)


    New price: £15,530 - £28,445

    Peugeot says the latest 308 pushes the brand into premium territory. Does it succeed?

Used Medium cars

104 Used Medium cars reviews available

  • Alfa Romeo 147 (2001-2009)

    Alfa Romeo 147 Facelift051

    Used price: From £650

    The three- and five-door hatchback Alfa Romeo 147 (2001-2009) is as sporty as you'd expect. But does visibility and boot space measure up?
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010-)

    Alfa Giulietta 2014 01

    Used price: From £4,995

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

    Audi A3 Mk110

    Used price: From £925

    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 (2004-2013)

    A3 Sportback blue driving f3q

    Used price: From £2,995

    The second-generation Audi A3 Sportback. A five-door hatchback range, built from 2004 onwards. Better than the first generation? Which? finds out.
  • Audi A3 hatchback (2003-2012)

    Audi A3 Mk26

    Used price: From £2,495

    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-)


    Used price: From £10,495

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

    2014 Audi A3 saloon 1

    Used price: From £14,295

    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-)

    AudiS3 1 1024

    Used price: From £18,095

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

    2015 BMW 1 Series 1

    Used price: From £8,250

    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

    Used price: From £2,895

    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)

    BMW Compact blue static f3q

    Used price: From £1,125

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

    chevrolet cruze

    Used price: From £2,950

    Full review and test data for the Chevrolet Cruze, a compact saloon replacing Daewoo's Lacetti, produced from 2009 onwards.