Over the past 12 months, the CarAdvice team has compared a total of 70 cars across all categories ranging in price from $13,990 to $249,990. Below is our 'best of' compilation for the year, bringing together ideal car-buying tips for you over the Christmas and New Year period.

Small Hatch Comparison - 4

Whether you're shopping for a city hatchback, compact SUV, medium sedan, big Aussie six, hot-hatch, or sports coupe or convertible, our rigorous testing procedures and definitive verdicts will have you well-prepared and all set for bargaining hard on the dealer forecourts. Please note: prices were correct at time of publication, but some models such as the Opel Astra in the small car comparison are no longer on sale.

From all the CarAdvice team, we wish you the very best for the holiday period and look forward to your support in 2014.

1. City car comparison: Fiat 500 v Mitsubishi Mirage v Nissan Micra v Volkswagen Up!

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2. Light car comparison: Renault Clio v Ford Fiesta v Kia Rio v Volkswagen Polo

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3. Small car comparison: Volkswagen Golf v Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Holden Cruze v Ford Focus v Hyundai i30 v Opel Astra v Honda Civic