The evolutionary fusion of sedans and station wagons, hatchbacks have come a long way since the name was coined in the ’70s. Every major marque has them, so you’ve got a kaleidoscope of choices. Here are some of our favourites.
Hottest hatchbacks for 2020 and 2021
More than just hot, the Mercedes Benz AMG A45 sizzles and the sportier A45 S is incandescent. Both have a 2.0-L turbo coupled to an eight-speed transmission and Mercedes 4Matic+ AWD terrain control, plus eight drive modes.
Combining performance, fun and affordability, the Suzuki Swift Sport is a compact hatchback with lots to offer. It’s packed with high-tech features, a 5-star ANCAP rating and a 1.4-L “booster jet” power plant.
This little Audi has added a sportier edge to the luxury brand name and a lot more punch, with over three times the power of the already agile Audi A3. You can rocket to 100 km/h in under five seconds with the extra traction control of AWD.
Best practical hatchbacks for 2020 and 2021
The i30 set new benchmarks in the hatchback market by bundling technology and connectivity with safety, reliability and, best of all, affordability. A recent inclusion, the N-Line i30 offers a turbo power plant plus SmartSense, Hyundai’s active safety technology.
The seven-year warranty Kia delivers is a mark of its confidence in this little hatchback. The Cerato also gives you great technology and connectivity features. The 428 L of boot space (which expands to 741 L with the seats down) is hard to go past for small or growing families.
The Civic has been synonymous with hatchback motoring in Australia since the early ’70s. While 2020 brought significant changes, earlier models are still packed with features including touchscreen phone connectivity, sat-nav and a reversing camera.
Over successive generations, the Mazda 3 has grown to become a standout hatchback thanks to its practicality, reliability and comfort. The five models in the range all include a multimedia screen, heads-up display and active safety technology.
Best luxury hatchbacks in 2020 and 2021
Big, bold and bristling with technology, the Tesla is a hatchback designed to take you by surprise. For example, it’s the fastest accelerating production car in the world with a 0–100 km/h record of 2.1 seconds in Ludicrous Mode.
With Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury models, it’s easy to tell where Lexus is going with this hatchback. It’s all about luxury. Add advanced technology and this is a superb combination of refinement, hybrid frugality and superb on-road performance.
This very hot hatchback will rocket you to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds in a luxury cabin. It’s spacious yet full of the high-tech and integrity Mercedes is renowned for.
The Australian market is spoilt for choice when it comes to hatchbacks, from the little Toyota Yaris to the imposing Audi A7 Sportsback and everything in between. Your perfect hatchback is waiting for you on Gumtree Australia; come take a look.