Having been fortunate enough recently to test two of the models in the new five-door Polo range, one comment from our full road test of the car has really stuck in my head.

In reference to the wide range of choice available in the booming supermini sector, it said: "The winner in all this is you, the consumer. With such a spread of talented superminis, there is something for everyone."

Our current road test top five for the supermini class lists the Ford Fiesta at the top, followed by the Polo, Mazda 2, Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza. Rarely in a class are the contenders so evenly matched, yet equally as rare is how distinctive and individual they also are.

Take the Fiesta. Its ride and handling are certainly class leading, while its styling inside and out is also the most distinctive. For this very reason, it may lose buyers to the Polo, as people may seek a more conservative and mature choice. Its quality is beyond reproach, while it also has the trump card of the superb seven-speed DSG 'box, which is silky smooth and fantastically refined.

But these two come at a price, which is where the Mazda 2 comes in. The entry level model undercuts the Fiesta by around £1500 and although it doesn't have the style and individuality of the Fiesta, it does have the zesty performance and impressive dynamic ability to match it.