With sales of SUVs skyrocketing, fewer and fewer people are getting behind the wheel of compact saloons, which is a shame because there are some cracking options out there.
To stand out in this class, competitors will need to have a mixture of deft handling, a comfortable ride, impressive interior quality and respectable fuel economy - a balance that can be difficult to strike at the best of times. Below are the cars we think have best nailed this brief.
Sitting pretty at the top of our list of 10 favourite compact saloons is the excellent Jaguar XE.
The British car comes up trumps over its rivals thanks to its excellent ride and handling, plush interior and strong standard equipment across the range.
Performance from the petrol and diesel Ingenium engines is on par for the course, too. However, the handsome Jaguar is somewhat let down by limited space in the rear and a slightly smaller boot than those in rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.