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Hatchback car reviews

Looking for a new hatchback car? Search through our thousands of car reviews to find out which hatchback would suit you best. 

Browse through our hatchback reviews and find out why a hatchback is many different things all in one car. You can buy a fast hatchback that’s still really practical as a family car, and a hot hatchback is great fun to drive. 

Whether you want a hatchback manual or hatchback automatic car, we have loads of hot hatches and hatchback cars reviewed by our experts to help you make the right decision over which car to buy. 

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  • Nissan Leaf Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    The go-to electric hatchback just got a whole lot better

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £27,290 - £32,890

    PROS

    • Easy to drive, silent and refined
    • Intuitive and east-to-use e-pedal set-up
    • Boot larger than it was, and bigger than many hybrid rivals

    CONS

    • It’s not a driver’s car, thanks to lifeless steering
    • Longer range, but still shorter than a tank of petrol
    • No SUV version available yet – you need to wait until 2020
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  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    Impressive optional in-car tech, but prioritises style over substance

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £25,800 - £33,835

    PROS

    • Striking interior
    • Effective voice controls
    • Strong petrol economy
    • Refined diesel engine

    CONS

    • Steep initial PCP finance costs
    • Interior quality underwhelming
    • Coarse A 200 petrol engine
    • AMG Line models could ride more smoothly
    • Some practicality and visibility issues
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  • Ford Fiesta Active (2018 onwards) Review

    Fiesta gets chunkier and funkier off-road look

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    New price: £17,795 - £22,085

    PROS

    • It’s a Fiesta underneath
    • Comfy seats and good to drive
    • Relatively cheap to run
    • Excellent Ecoboost engines

    CONS

    • Rolls more than hatchback
    • Not very capable off-road
    • Base trim lacks black roof
    • Less efficient than equivalent hatch
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  • Citroën C4 Cactus Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    Comfortable and easy to live with, but too flawed for most drivers

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £18,090 - £21,040

    PROS

    • Light, efficient and distinctively styled
    • Useful levels of practicality
    • More comfortable than old Cactus
    • Good value for money

    CONS

    • It's lost some of its character
    • Handling takes some getting used to
    • Over-reliance on touchscreen
    • Lacks rugged build quality of some rivals
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  • Ford Focus Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    Very little to fault it on – a brilliant all-rounder

    Parkers rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
    New price: £17,930 - £27,810

    PROS

    • Broad range of strong engines
    • Great handling
    • Impressively refined
    • Suite of driver assistance tech
    • Excellent practicality

    CONS

    • Adaptive dampers don’t add anything
    • No hybrid or electric version
    • Automatic gearbox isn’t as good as VW’s DSG
    • Cabin storage could be better
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  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Polo pushes the boundaries with added colour and space

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £14,235 - £23,020

    PROS

    • Sharp looks and super-modern interior
    • Impressive array of on-board technology
    • Efficient engine range, plus powerful GTI
    • Strong brand image
    • Spacious for a supermini

    CONS

    • The fanciest equipment is optional
    • Refinement occasionally lets it down
    • Variable ride comfort
    • Not especially fun to drive
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  • Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017 onwards) Review

    Grown-up looks and more interior space than ever

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £19,630 - £36,965

    PROS

    • Low prices and running costs
    • Lots of tech as standard
    • A fine, relaxed, motorway cruiser
    • Excellent ride quality on standard wheels

    CONS

    • Unadventurous styling, smaller boot than before
    • Good to drive, but no better than the opposition
    • No hybrids yet
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  • Suzuki Swift Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Good to drive alternative to the mainstream offerings

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £11,999 - £17,999

    PROS

    • Perky performance in Boosterjet form
    • Fun to drive with sporty handling
    • Faster, lighter and more economical than predecessor
    • Big launch discount for brilliant Swift Sport hot hatch

    CONS

    • Price gap to rivals is closing
    • No three-door model available
    • Dealer network not as wide as rivals'
    • Interior quality not quite up with class leaders
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  • Suzuki Ignis SUV (2017 onwards) Review

    Cheerful micro-SUV offers low-cost city motoring

    Parkers rating: 3.1 out of 5 3.1
    New price: £11,499 - £15,499

    PROS

    • Cheap to buy and run
    • Seating for four adults
    • Should be reliable
    • Lots of customisation
    • Great in the city

    CONS

    • Some poor-quality finishing
    • Safety kit lacking
    • Comfort is version-dependent
    • Uninspiring to drive
    • Struggles on motorways
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  • Subaru Impreza Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    A niche choice, and likely to stay that way

    Parkers rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
    New price: £24,000 - £25,010

    PROS

    • Standard kit and safety technology
    • Good reliability
    • Comfy ride
    • Impressive practicality
    • All-wheel drive flexibility

    CONS

    • Gutless engines
    • Lacklustre transmission
    • High fuel consumption and emissions
    • Parts of cabin look and feel cheap
    • How will the finance offers stack up?
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