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What Are the Best Hatchback Cars?

Once you've chosen between a hatchback and a saloon, you'll need to find the right model for you. If your choice was the former, then you're in the right place because we've grouped the best hatchbacks currently on the market together. So read on and find a nifty little hatchback car with tons of boot space, whether you're buying for solo drives or the entire family. 

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Perhaps the most iconic hatchback of them all, the Volkswagen Golf fits a range of driving needs and is the go-to car for many. The latest model updates an already excellent car with 48V mild-hybrid technology, but there's no need to tamper too much – the Golf is a classic in looks and performance. Those with a need for speed should upgrade to the GTI version with its 242bhp.

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Popular with families, the Ford Focus is another classic hatchback that's fun to drive and looks good, both inside and out. Most of the engines available are cheap to run, so it's economical around town and rural areas. There's also lots of passenger space inside, meaning the Focus can easily act as a family car as well as a solo drive.

Toyota Corolla 

Toyota Corolla 

The Corolla returned to the UK in 2019 after many versions of the Yaris. It's a triumphant comeback, with the Corolla competing well against the Golf and Focus in most aspects. There are two options available: the 1.8-litre engine with 120bhp and the 2.0-litre engine with 181bhp. Both are efficient and help this Toyota offer value in the hatchback market. In all honesty, the Corolla isn't quite as fun to drive as the Golf or Focus, but it's still a stylish car with a modern design.

Seat Leon

Seat Leon

The fourth-generation version of the Leon is based on the same MQB platform as the Golf and is a winning car from Spanish automaker Seat. It provides good handling and looks smart all-around around, making it a great choice if you're in the market for a more affordable hatchback. A plug-in and hybrid model is also available, with Seat getting in on the electric car revolution.  

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

If you're after a high-end hatchback, look no further than the Mercedes A-Class. It comes equipped with technology, a futuristic cabin and the typical luxury feel you expect from a Mercedes. Good passenger space adds to the plus-points, as does the fact that it's the cheapest Merc on the market. So if you're after a fancy car at a more attainable price, the A-Class is waiting for you. 

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala

Named Compact Family Car of the Year at the 2019 Auto Express New Car Awards, the Skoda Scala has many impressive features including a large boot space and roomier rear seats than your typical hatchback. The base model starts at £17,000, making it an affordable option on the car market. If you opt for the SE version (£18k), you'll get an eight-inch infotainment screen, LED headlights and Autonomous Emergency Braking. Not too shabby at all if you ask us.

Audi A3

Audi A3

Now in its fourth generation, the Audi A3 looks good, is comfortable for both driver and passengers, and has excellent handling. There are hybrid and plug-in variants available, and everything feels particularly robust – as you would come to expect from an Audi. As far as premium hatchbacks go, the Audi A3 is right up there and one of the best around.

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series

Another high-end hatchback, the BMW 1 Series is the automaker's entry-level option. And yet it's still got all the class of higher-end BMWs on the market. The 1 Series offers a front-wheel-drive layout, giving it good handling and tightness while you drive. On the inside, you can expect all the trimmings found in a BMW: there's an infotainment system and good boot space that'll easily fit a suitcase or two. 

Hatchback love

There's an excellent choice of hatchbacks available, from budget-conscious models to premium brands with the latest tech. So whether you're after a BMW, Skoda or feel like driving the classic Volkswagen Golf, you've got options in what is one of the most competitive spaces in the current car market. 

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