5. MINI John Cooper Works

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Famed for its go-kart handling, it will come as no surprise that this is one of the cars we enjoyed most when tested in August. Our road-tester Tim Barnes-Clay credited the JCW’s ‘unbeatable grin-factor’ as one of the key attributes of the new hot-MINI. There’s no denying that one of the main reasons the MINI sells so well is because how it makes you feel as a driver, and now even in the fastest version available you can get an excellent experience behind the wheel while averaging over 40mpg in a car small enough to park around town. As city cars go, this is still big enough for a weekly shop and as long as you’re not going on a particularly long journey, you’ll be able to squeeze two passengers in the back.