The humble hatchback is a car that makes the world go around. For many people - families included - the hatchback fits the bill impeccably, bringing the practicality and low running costs that drivers want.
And despite the rise in popularity of the crossover, there are still plenty of hatchbacks to choose from. So let’s take a look at the ones you should be looking at today.
BMW 1 Series
BMW’s 1 Series has always occupied a slightly more premium area of the hatchback segment, bringing a consistently upmarket cabin as well as a fine range of engines and gearboxes. The most recent version is by far the most high-end to date, too.
The new 1 Series might bring loads of charm, but that doesn’t mean that older used examples are any less appealing.Enquire on a new BMW 1 Series
We couldn’t do this list without the Ford Focus, right? A household name, the Focus has been a huge success story for Ford and UK buyers have snapped it up in their droves. It’s easy to see why, too, given how well-made the Focus and how good to drive it is as well.
The most recent Focus moved the game on with a more refined driving experience, though ST version show there’s a Focus there for performance enthusiasts too.
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Skoda’s Octavia has come on in real leaps and bounds recently. The latest version is truly impressive given the space and comfort it delivers for such a budget-friendly price. It’s also one of the largest hatchbacks around, making it a great fit for families.
Plus, new plug-in hybrid engines can help to drive down fuel costs.Enquire on a new Skoda Octavia
The Honda Civic has always stood at the more dynamic end of the hatchback spectrum, bringing a driving experience that felt more hot-hatch than family car. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, as it’s able to inject a bit of fun into daily drives.
It’s also quite space-age-looking, with loads of unique styling touches helping to keep it feeling fresh.Enquire on a new Honda Civic
If there’s one name that springs to mind immediately when you think of a hatchback, it’s bound to be Volkswagen’s Golf. A key contender in the segment for decades, the Golf has evolved to become a premium, high-quality hatchback.
These days, it’s available with a wide variety of powertrains and specifications, ensuring that there’s a model for everyone.Enquire on a new Volkswagen Golf
Much like the BMW 1 Series, the Audi A3 takes a more upmarket angle on the traditional hatchback formula. The latest generation car is absolutely jam-packed with features and high-end systems, including a large central screen and Audi’s latest Virtual Cockpit system.
It too can be specified with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the S3 stands as the performance option in the range.Enquire on a new Audi A3
The Fiat Tipo is a car that quietly gets the job done. It’s spacious, practical and comfortable yet doesn’t break the bank when it comes to cost. It was recently updated too with a sharp new look, while a rugged-looking Tipo Cross joined the range.
Packed with safety kit, the Tipo also uses a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of returning up to 51.4mpg.Enquire on a new Fiat Tipo
If you’re after reliability, then look no further than the Toyota Corolla. It’s a model with a reputation for unshakeable robustness, so if you’re wanting a car that won’t cause any mechanical headaches then it should be on your list.
Powered by an efficient hybrid powertrain, the Corolla can also be specified in a sporty GR Sport for some added presence.Enquire on a new Toyota
Peugeot’s 308 is another one of those go-to hatchbacks. Throughout the years it has become a by-word for low-cost motoring, bringing plenty of standard equipment alongside an efficient yet punchy range of engines.
The new version brings a striking new exterior as well as an innovative interior. It’s still doesn’t go overboard on the price, mind you.Enquire on a new Peugeot 308
The Seat Leon has traded on its dynamic appeal for many years and that’s set to continue with the latest version. It sits atop the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, in fact, and means that it can benefit from the electrified powertrains that they use.
It’s also spacious and comfortable inside, while - in typical Seat fashion - there’s loads of standard equipment included regardless of which specification you opt for.