Hatchback cars are popular in the UK and make up the majority of the cars on the road. The humble hatchback is a body shape that has been used for decades due to its compact nature small 3 and 5 door cars have remained hatchbacks since their original release.
A hatchback is considered to be either a 3 door or sport back 5 doors if there are 2 doors at the front and the rear boot lid and glass open together. 3 doors are always considered hatchbacks while vehicles that have an additional 2 rear passenger doors are also hatchbacks, but are also called a Sportback. Due to size differences city cars and estates are not considered hatchbacks.
Some of the most popular hatchbacks include the Ford Fiesta available as a three-door and five doors, the new Audi A3 is also a hatchback, larger hatchback or sport backs such as the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo are technically hatchbacks because of the rear glass opening with the boot despite their substantial size over the Skoda Fabia.
The typical hatchback reduces the length of the car making it easier to manoeuvre and park, hot hatchbacks have become very popular since the 1980s offering increased performance in small 3 doors and 5 door family cars that have been stripped out and enhanced for a raw driving experience to rival sports cars on a budget.
As a small family car, most hatchbacks are cheaper to lease than larger saloon and estates, maintenance costs for small hatchbacks are typically less than larger vehicles. A full range of budget, family, luxury and performance hatchbacks are available from the majority of manufacturers offering lease deals through All Car Leasing, on either a personal or business contract hire.
The smallest type of hatchback available through All Car Leasing the subcompact hatchback is typically available as a 3 or 5 door variant and is distinctly bigger than a city car however rear seating is typically only suitable for children or 2 adults, often seen as the most practical first cars for many young people and young drivers.
The Peugeot 208 has a stylish French design with curved lines wrapped around its body along with a reasonable level of trim and comfort for an affordable hatchback currently only available as a 5 door.
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Skoda offers the Fabia hatchback with five-doors, exciting body lines, and indulgent interiors for an affordable price, despite the old stigma attached to the VW Group budget brand Skoda has surged into the hearts of many in recent years with most claiming unrivalled value for money and exceptional build quality.
Nissan's Micra has been in production since 1982 and has seen 5 generations of Micra hatchback since the latest generation has sharper dressed lines and creases along the front and sides of the car that square the rear quarter panels giving the car a more imposing road stance without losing the feeling many previous drivers loved so much.
Another subcompact hatchback from All Car Leasing is our cheap Toyota Yaris lease deals, one of the most popular cars in 2017 and 2018, Toyota's 5-year warranty paired with the tech packed trim levels and sleek sports style aero design along the roof and side panels make Toyota a desirable brand with the Yaris fitting 4 adults comfortably.
Fiat re-released the 500 to compete with the other small hatchbacks on the market and has gone on to dominate the competition making it one of the most successful ranges Fiat has ever launched. Rounded wheel arches and curved features have proven popular with a predominantly female audience with men choosing the more powerful Abarth tuning house variants.
SEAT's Ibiza is the brand's subcompact hatchback with sporty styling and quality interiors to ensure that the harder suspension and stiffer handling for a better driving experience don't ruin the feeling of luxury when inside the cockpit, available as a five-door only the SEAT Ibiza lease is available from stock today.
The Vauxhall Corsa is available as either a three or five-door hatchback, a standard option for most new drivers the Corsa range caters for budget as well as sporty drivers, the rear bench fits two adults comfortably across the three seats with plenty of cockpit space. Latest models include modern conveniences that are expected from more expected manufacturers.
Since its first launch in 1990, the Renault Clio has been a top seller, hot hatchback variants have been released through the years with the Clio Cup and Renault Sport (RS). Special Renault lease offers are available all year round with the latest facelift expected to set a president for the manufacturer's vehicle style going forward.
One of the UK's best-selling cars for the past decade winning multiple awards the Ford range was expanded to include the Fiesta as far back as 1976, the longest consistently running model on this list. Available as a 3 and 5 door hatchback the Fiesta has grown in size since its first inception, however, the biggest notable change is the styling and materials used to build the car have migrated from cheap plastics and poorly finished wood to soft trims and leather upholstery on more luxurious models and sport bucket seats in the ST.
Our first mid-priced subcompact hatchback is the Volkswagen Polo engineered by the Germans and developed for the European market the Polo has been a driver favourite for the past few years becoming the most leased car in 2018 from All Car Leasing, and we agree that the Beats audio, GTI and eco diesel engines have helped make this VW the success it is today.
The Audi A1 is the only 3 door only model to grace this list, the luxury cockpit the manufacturer has become known for in recent years is a standard in the entry-level A1. Diesel and petrol engines are available for the smallest Audi on the market as well as a front and all-wheel drive quattro variant. manual and automatic transmission options are specifications available for this model with a sport, black edition, S Line and SE trims.
Larger than the subcompact, compact hatchbacks are family sized cars perfectly designed for two or more adults and children, the extra room comes in the form of rear legroom and boot space. Typically the second car people buy due to the performance hot hatchbacks and the luxury range from manufacturers like Mercedes and BMW.
A low price has helped the Citroen C3 sell well in the UK and the 5 doors make the rear access for passengers easy while the moulded door pods that are unique to this model. Citroen offers a few trim levels including Elle, Flair and Feel each with a Nav option.
SEAT has long been a sporty brand and delivers on cars that use elaborate looking aerodynamic lines along the doors and stroking up the bonnet, alloy wheels come as standard on even the most basic trim. Diesel and petrol engines are available as well as the hot hatchback FR trims and recently separated Cupra performance variant.
WIth the cars long shape and time-old design the Octavia is the largest compact hatchback on our list designed for family life with 590 litres of boot space with the rear seats up. Skoda may be a budget brand but the inside doesn't reflect the price tag with plenty of technology and optional leather upholstery with a performance VRS option for those wanting a little more power.
A classic British hatchback list has to include the Vauxhall Astra, the best of both worlds, the Astra is comfortable, affordable, well built and a pleasure to drive. Economical and performance engines are available in the range with automatic and manual gearboxes as well as a luxury or sporty trims with the ELite and VX-Line.
Honda's new Civic a long way from the car original concept with more than 40 years in production the latest model is larger in every dimension, the king of hot hatchbacks Type-R retained its crown while more eco-friendly 1.0 Vtec engines and diesel powerplants are available for the everyday hatchback driver. Being a Japanese car the Civic is packed with the latest gadgets.
Another popular family hatchback is the Ford Focus, a flexible vehicle that has adapted its style and interior functionality to better suit the family lifestyle. Luxury models including the Titanium and Vignale are available with those that are after something on the driving experience side can choose an ST trim or the ultimate Ford Focus RS.
The rebirth of the Mini from BMW brought about a trend, manufacturers began bringing back their old vehicles such as Fiat's 500. The Mini hatchback is available as a budget One or the mid-range Cooper, for those wanting speed and economy the Cooper D series and if fuel consumption isn't a worry the Cooper S produces plenty of smiles per miles.
One of the most popular cars on the road in recent years, the VW Golf hatchback is well built, has a high standard of interior trim with mid-range vehicles having leather trim, while higher-end GTD, GTi and Golf R trim levels come with features that aren't standard on some luxury brands such as digital cockpit, advanced safety features as well as one of the car industries best voted automatic transmissions.
One of the least known manufacturers on this list is the Infiniti Q30 a compact hatchback that has long sweeping body lines and gently creases in body panels that accentuate the lights and chrome trimmings. Only available with 5 doors as either a petrol or diesel. The trim and equipment levels are simply split for pure, business, Luxe and Sport.
The Audi A3 hatchback was the companies first attempt at a conventional compact hatchback and despite the initial rocky review on the manufacturer making a new type of car the results today speak for themselves the A3 is one of the companies best-selling models and the S3 is one of All Car Leasing's most search for deals. If your desire is for a top of the range hatchback the A3 Sportback is the obvious choice.
BMW created the 1 series as a coupe and in 2011 altered the model shape to include a 3 and 5 door hatchback model, the long bonnet, kidney split front intake and wide low stance is typical of a BMW while the short rear end and restricted body styling are unique to the 1 Series. The closest drivers of a current 1 series get to an M1 is the M140i and 135i.
Since its facelift from a drop nose to a longer front end with a contrast air intake as well as the diamond effect front grille, the latest Mercedes-Benz A class is only available as a 5 door hatchback. SE, Sport and AMG line trim levels are available with petrol and diesel variants. Top of the range sports hatchbacks don't come better than the Mercedes-AMG A45. While the interior uses luxury textiles, the external of the mechanics and external design are some of the best on the market.
The smallest Volvo currently available on the British market the V40 has all of the safety features Volvo are renown for along with the compact ability of a family sized hatchback. A Simple selection of petrol or diesel engines combined with a selection of trim levels either Momentum, Cross Country and R Design.
Large hatchbacks are fairly unique to the UK and European markets, typically adapted from a saloon the transformation from a 4-door to Sportback or 5 door hatchback attaches the rear window with the boot typically at a much shallower angle to most other hatchback vehicles to give the saloon size boot without the extra rear length of a separate boot.
The successor to the popular Vectra saloon in 2008 the Vauxhall Insignia is one of the brands best-selling cars. Particularly favoured by business lease customers, due to its cheap price and well-equipped features the Insignia is an affordable large hatchback suitable for driving clients or transporting samples. Its comfortable and quiet on a motorway with a diesel or petrol engine providing adequate performance and economy.
The Skoda Superb is the largest hatchback available from Skoda. Diesel and petrol engine options provide a moderate economy from a long-bodied vehicle that comfortably fits 5 adults. Prices for the Superb Hatchback start low with the S trim and increase gradually to the luxury automatic with the VRS performance engine and 4WD system. Mid-level trims have a luxury interior to rival more expensive competition.
The original hybrid, the Toyota Prius has changed over the years but continues to provide plenty of miles per tank with its advanced energy regeneration system and modern styling the Prius delivers on fuel economy while still being able to turn heads. A popular choice for personal lease customers doing high mileage Toyota designed every part of the body down to the tyres to assist the cars fuel efficiency.
A popular fleet lease vehicle has to deliver on comfort, luxury, style as well as functional design, reliability and be economical to run, Ford built the Mondeo hatchback to be class leading and after winning multiple awards it certainly appears to be a favourite with All Car Leasing customers who have all given positive feedback about the build quality, driving experience and price of the Mondeo.
A popular choice for those that want the security of a four-wheel drive system but the convenience and sporty style of a large hatchback, the Subaru Impreza is currently available with either a 1.6 or 2.0 petrol engine. A simple body style and short rear disguises the ample rear legroom and large boot capacity.
The BMW 3 Series GT is another adaptation from a saloon to the prefered Sportback shape that has proven popular with leasing figures of the current generation remaining strong, the 3 Series GT has a sporty styling pack as well as a long sloped boot that gives the car a sleeker silhouette. Inside the premium interior and cockpit ambience is noticeable while the external is almost inaudible.
One of the most expensive cars on our list the Audi A5 is certainly the most luxurious from the standard Sport models include as standard leather heated seats, Sat Nav, Xenon lights, cruise control and climate control, elegance and performance are wrapped in a super-sized hatchback A5 from Audi. Keeping in line with Audi's design style at the front and rear the low roofline and long body gives the A5 a professional look with drawn-out body lines and precise curves.