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Best medium-size cars of 2024

The world of cars is broken up into classes, or segments, of which medium-size is one. Also referred to as family cars or midsize cars, these vehicles are part of the fabric of motoring life - think VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. Here, we pick 10 of the best.

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Dacia Jogger
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1. Dacia Jogger

Dacia Jogger review
Volkswagen Golf

2. Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf review
Vauxhall Astra

3. Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra review
Battery range up to 35 miles
Mazda 3

4. Mazda 3

Mazda 3 review
Skoda Octavia

5. Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia review
Battery range up to 49 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

6. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
Battery range up to 315 miles
Audi A3 Sportback

7. Audi A3

Audi A3 Sportback review
BMW 1 Series

8. BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series review
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018-2023)

9. Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018-2023) review
Battery range up to 40 miles
Kia Ceed

10. Kia Ceed

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Advice about midsize cars

Medium size cars FAQs

This honestly depends on what you're after. If you want sporty, quick gearchanges, look out for a model with a dual-clutch transmission - the Volkwagen Golf and Audi A3 offer this. If you want smoother changes, a traditional torque converter automatic is better; the Mercedes A-Class has one of these.

Toyota's hybrid technology is arguably the most proven, so the Corolla should be top of your list to research.

It's hard not to recommend the Hyundai Ioniq 5 as mentioned above, simply for the blend of style, range, comfort and handling it offers.

Something with a diesel engine that you drive gently on predominantly long trips. As an indication, a 2.0-litre 115hp TDI Golf with officially manages 67.3mpg, which is pretty good going in anyone's book.

To find out how you can save money at the pumps, check out our guides on the cheapest fuel prices and how to improve mpg.

The Skoda Octavia - it's vast back there.

The Skoda Octavia again. The hatchback has a 600-litre boot, while the Estate offers 640 litres. For comparison, a Ford Focus hatch has 341 litres of cargo space, while the Estate manages 575 litres.