5. Mazda2

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Without dipping into the hot-hatch market, there's a strong case for the Mazda 2 being the most exciting supermini to drive on the market. It’s a tidy little thing with incredibly direct steering and a really eager, agile personality to it. It’s pretty good looking too. There is no drastic vents, stickers, or body panels, just a smart, tidy silhouette and a striking front end with enough chrome on it to catch your attention. The marketing line is ‘small on size - big on fun’ and the Mazda 2 is true to its word. The Mazda 2 starts from £13,795 for the SE+ spec, benefits include alloy wheels, air-con and a combined mpg of up to 49mpg. The SE-L+ from £14,595 offers the best compromise between price and equipment level.

PCP offers on the 1.5 SE+ model from £159 p/m for 42 months at 4.1% APR.