The popularity of the hatchbacks is easily explained as the best models make great all-rounders, and tend to be extremely practical. Latest models are typically roomy, compact around town but with good refinement on the motorway, and they're often highly efficient too.

A hatchback is a vehicle with a rear door that swings upward to provide access to a cargo area. Hatchbacks may feature fold-down second row seating, where the interior can be flexibly reconfigured to provide more space for cargo.

Top hatchbacks 2017:

  • Ford Focus RS
  • Seat Leon Cupra
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Ford Fiesta