5-star cars for less than £25,000

These five-star models are all proof that you don't need to shell out a fortune to get a fantastic car, whether you're shopping for a city car, a family hatchback, an SUV or even a spacious estat...

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

Our recommended version: 1.5 TSI SE | List price: £20,940 | Target Price: £19,231

The Octavia is quite simply the best family hatchback you can buy, which is why it earned our maximum five-star rating. There are more stylish options, but if your priorities are a comfortable ride, loads of space and generous standard equipment for a very affordable price, then little gets close.

Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front cornering

Our recommended version: ST-2 3dr | List price: £20,700 | Target Price: £19,577

The Fiesta ST might only have a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine under its bonnet, but it's still enough to make this hatchback feel pocket-rocket fast. In fact, the Fiesta ST is excellent to drive, with superb handling and a great driving position. It's one of the best hot hatchbacks around.

Read our full Ford Fiesta ST review, or see our latest Fiesta ST deals

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Our recommended version: 1.5 TSI EVO Match 5dr | List price: £22,745 | Target Price: £20,830

Ask 10 people to name a family car and chances are most of them will mention the Volkswagen Golf. It's consistently among the most popular new cars sold in the UK, and with good reason: with such a wide range of engines and versions on offer, there's a model to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf review, or see our latest Golf deals

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