The hatchback has been around forever and for good reason. The body shape is practical, it can be scaled up or down for different models and offers decent carrying capacity on a modest wheelbase.
Hatchbacks can also be fun to drive while providing sensible family transport.
Then there’s the hot hatch. A segment all of its own that takes the practicality of the hatch and adds a punchy engine and tuned suspension to increase the fun factor to 11.
Today we’re going to concentrate on everyday hatchbacks. The models we use every day to take the kids to school, to go to the shops or get to work.
The Peugeot 208 is one of the hottest hatchbacks around right now. The design is awesome, with that modern front end, new Peugeot family design and lovely interior.
The 208 is worth buying for the dashboard alone, but the rest of the cabin is equally up to standard. With a range of decent engines and a lovely cabin, this is definitely the hatch to beat.
The Ford Focus has been around forever and is now better than ever. A new design, improved build quality, some exceptional colours and very comfortable cabins make this one of the best hatchbacks you can buy.
A range of frugal engines and more options than you can shake a stick at don’t hurt either. The Focus doesn’t look quite as good as the 208 but it isn’t far behind.
The Citroën C4 is another of our best hatchbacks. Citroën is another French car maker that has transformed themselves over the years to become a top class manufacturer.
The C4 is a great car with more variants than we know what to do with. All come with great design, some funky colours and some genuinely imaginative designs and interiors.
The Volkswagen Golf is another firm favourite hatchback. It’s at the expensive end of the market and is now more conservative than ever, but it’s a decent car.
Build quality is top class, engines are smooth and responsive and there is plenty of technology to play with. While the original magic of the Golf may have gone, it’s still a good quality hatchback.
The Dacia Sandero has taken the motoring world by storm. Offering great build quality and reliability for a very low price, the Romanian manufacturer has genuinely delivered something different.
The Sandero is a small hatchback with a great new design, frugal engines and more technology than you might think you would get at the price.
The MG MG3 is a relative newcomer and a solid hatchback. It’s a supermini, so will be good in towns and cities and give good miles per gallon as a result.
The design is simple but very effective with a friendly face, smooth panels throughout and a light and airy interior. With some good little engines and a smooth gearbox, the drive is fun and engaging.
No list of the best hatchbacks would be complete without mentioning the Ford Fiesta. It’s one of the most common hatches out there. The new version is larger than ever but still small enough to happily drive around town.
Build quality is good, engines are peppy and engaging and there’s plenty of technology in the cabin too. It’s a solid contender for best hatchback but its popularity can work as much against it as for it.
The Peugeot 308 is a fantastic-looking hatchback that demonstrates just how much you can do with a hatch design. The front end looks amazing, the cabin is one of the best in this list and the engines deliver more power than competitors too.
The driving position may take some getting used to but it’s definitely worth it. The cabin is great, there’s plenty of technology and the drive can be genuinely enjoyable.
The Renault Clio is one of the brand’s longest-running models having been in production for over 30 years. There’s a good reason for that. It’s a practical hatchback that’s also fun to own and to drive.
The new design is the best yet, with a low front end, steeply raked windscreen, great interior design and lots of technology.
Last but certainly not least is the Citroën C3. The smaller sibling of the C4, it has the same character and charm but on a slightly smaller scale. The design is funky and interesting, which is more than you can say about a lot of cars these days.
The C3 also has a great interior with good visibility, comfortable seating and plenty of technology. The car comes in some standout colours too, which can make a genuine difference on a road full of silver and white!