Top 10 most popular car reviews of the last seven days : Award winners and the UK’s best sellers.

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Each week we reveal the most popular reviews of the last seven days, showcasing the UK’s favourite cars. Find out what has made the top 10 this time

If you’re thinking of buying a new car, then there are more than 4000 variations of around 400 cars to choose from, so what should you do if you don’t know what you want?

Well, a good starting point is to see which models are attracting the majority of the interest on Whatcar.com.

The top 10 is usually made up of a mix of the most keenly anticipated new cars, the What Car? Award winners and the UK’s best sellers.

These are the hottest cars from the past seven days:

10th – Seat Ibiza

The new Seat Ibiza is the best small car on the market today, offering tidy handling, a comfortable ride, low running costs and a surprisingly spacious and practical interior. It really has no major weaknesses.

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

Our pick: 1.0 TSI Xcellence

9th – Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s second-generation Tiguan makes a great family car. It oozes practicality and, while it is quite an expensive choice, it handles well and has a smart interior. To keep costs down, we recommend opting for a mid-range diesel model in SE Nav trim. This gets you sat-nav as well as three-zone climate control, cruise control and more comfortable seats.

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

Our pick: 2.0 TDI Bluemotion Technology SE Nav

8th – Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Like the saloon on which it’s based, this estate car offers smart looks and class-leading handling. You get lots of safety equipment for your money, too, and the boot is a decent size. However, interior quality could be better and the touchscreen infotainment system is rather fiddly.

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

Our pick: tbc

7th – Mazda CX-5

The new Mazda CX-5 is based on its predecessor, so it’s no more practical. But it looks a lot more stylish and has a much classier interior. It’s also one of the most comfortable large SUVs around, soaking up poorly surfaced roads better than rivals such as the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq. And yet the CX-5 is still fun to drive because the well-weighted steering gives you the confidence to place the car exactly where you want it.

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

Our pick: tbc

6th – Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta has long been the benchmark small car for driving fun, and this latest version continues that tradition. However, it also offers a classier interior than its predecessor and swaps that car’s fiddly, button-heavy infotainment system for a more user-friendly touchscreen. Some rivals are more practical and cheaper, but it’s still one of the best small cars you can buy.

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

Our pick: tbc

5th – Nissan X-Trail

Many people will consider the seven-seater X-Trail to be a far more appealing option than a traditional people carrier. But while it’s stylish and practical, plenty of rivals are nicer to drive, more comfortable to sit in and have better infotainment systems.

What Car? rating: Rated 3 out of 5

Our pick: 1.6 dCi Acenta

4th – Volkswagen Polo

The new Polo will cost you slightly more than an equivalent Seat Ibiza or Skoda Fabia, despite it being closely related to those cars under the skin. However, it’s likely to hold its value better, and is as comfortable and good to drive as it is quiet and classy. It’s a brilliantly strong package.

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

Our pick: tbc

3rd – Seat Ateca

If you’ve been reading our group tests, then you’ll know that the Seat Ateca – the Spanish brand’s first SUV – beat the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage during its first outing. Such is the breadth of the Ateca’s talents that at the most recent What Car? Car of the Year Awards we named it our favourite small SUV.

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

Our pick: 1.4 TSI SE Technology

2nd – Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda’s first large SUV is one of the most practical, with seating for seven, so it’s perhaps not surprising that it’s already featuring consistently in this top 10. It’s a comfortable choice with a smart interior, although you do have to be careful when speccing it because it’s easy to push the price north of £30k if you start adding options.

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

Our pick: 2.0 TDI SE 7 Seat

1st – Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is the car that started the trend for small, family-friendly SUVs, and it remains one of the best following a recent update. True, there are cheaper alternatives, such as the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, but the Qashqai makes up for its price premium with a spacious and well-designed interior, solid build quality and superb comfort and refinement.

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

Our pick: 1.5 dCi 110 N-tec

(whatcar.com, https://goo.gl/WFvBKU)

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