Cheap but practical, hatchbacks are small cars with a surprisingly large amount of cargo space. Unlike the traditional sedan, with a hatchback you can access both the cabin and the boot area of the car from the rear through the hatch. The two areas can also be merged into one huge cargo area by folding down the rear seats.
If you’re thinking of getting a hatchback this year, we have rounded up the Top 4 hatchback cars in Australia to help with your selection process:
1. Volkswagen Golf
This car has an impressive cargo space of 645 litres with the back seats up, and 1492 litres with the second row reclined. The 2017 update has a more advanced infotainment system including a digital instrument cluster and a segment-first swipe action gesture control. Compact and comfortable, the Volkswagen has adjustable suspension, which aids its excellent handling.
2. Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 has a stylish interior with classy external styling as well. This small, compact hatchback car is easy on fuel and fun to drive with both engine options delivering comfortable highway performance. It also has advanced safety features in higher specification models including traffic sign recognition which provides real-time sign information in the driver’s head-up display. The five-door Mazda 3 has a cargo space of 572 litres or 1333 litres with the seats folded, with is larger than the four-door which only has boot space of 351 litres.
3. Honda Civic
The Honda Civic hatchback offers standard equipment including a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, a five-inch LCD screen, remote entry, automatic climate control, power door locks and power windows. It also offers storage space of 730 litres behind the back seats which can expand to 1308 litres with the seats folded. Moreover, the Honda Civic has a wide hatch door which makes loading of your things very easy.
4. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus has excellent handling and comes with a reversing camera, built-in satellite navigation, and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The cargo space in the Ford Focus isn’t quite as spacious as the Volkswagen Golf. It only has a 373 litres which is below average for the class. If you want to fold the rear seats flat, you’ll need to flip up the seat base first. Despite that, this hatchback is still very comfortable.
Have you gotten your car loan pre-approved so you know which of these hatchback cars you can take home?