Like the White Walkers from Game of Thrones, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) and their crossover country cousins have spread across the land defeating all before them. The once-popular Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV) have seen their ranks decimated as the SUV army marches on. Saloon cars have also suffered to some extent although lately they have been fighting back, determined to regain lost territory. There is though one sector that has stood its ground and has lost no territory at all and that’s the mid-sized hatchback.
Even today, the ubiquitous hatch remains one of the most popular cars on the road. There are reasons for that. They’re well sized; not too big or small plus they’re easy to drive, practical and affordable to run. Some in the past are best forgotten but there some today that hold on to the fortress that is reputation by being reliable and dependable. Here’s our top five:
BMW 1 Series
Perhaps not so much an automotive beauty as others, the 1 Series nevertheless has been an engaging and hugely popular success story thanks to it being an exciting hatchback to drive with a reputation for quality and reliability backed up by the famous badge. There’s an impressive choice of engines to suit those who love to drive and those who love to save money at the pumps. Different trim levels offer a variety of features but alloy wheels, climate control, keyless start and automatic wipers are always part of the package. A great buy.
Thankfully the brand have dropped that annoying apostrophe from this car’s name. The Ceed is a roomy hatch with solid build quality and a surprisingly capacious boot. The original version was a bit bland but the latest models, new and used, have a low-slung sporty look. Some models come with Kia’s Flex Steer, an optional system for improved driving dynamics which offers three operating modes: comfort, normal and sport. With fuel-efficient engines all models feature a good level of equipment and accessories across the range. Don’t forget also that seven-year warranty; certainly of interest to used car buyers. Ford Focus This great hatchback has to be on anyone’s shopping list doesn’t it? Introduced in 1998 and regularly updated and restyled on the way to today, this five-door car (there’s an estate too) remains one of the best selling medium-sized hatchbacks in the country. It doesn’t try to push to the front; it remains part of the team and doesn’t try to upstage it’s rivals. Apart from the RS version obviously; that one’s a bit of a show-off. The Ford Focus offers an excellent ride and handling, some great engines for performance or economy. Competitively priced and safe to run, the Focus is a nimble and engaging hatchback with a useful degree of practicality.
It has to be on the list; no question, and it was a great day when the company decided to turn the famous little car into a rather bigger five- door. Fortunately, with its funky round dashboard carried over from the original, this hatchback retains its unique charm. The five-door variant with its longer wheelbase is just as enjoyable as it’s smaller sibling. The Mini is roomy inside, given the compact dimensions, and is a car that excels at everything you’d want in a functional motor.
The Volkswagen Golf
The legend rolls on. Since 1974 when the very first model appeared the Golf has offered everything that could be asked for from a medium hatchback. There’s petrol and diesel models, hybrid and electric versions, estates and sporting versions, all of which say Golf on the back. It is the modern day car of the people with a huge variety of engines, trim levels and features. Why, one model even has four-wheel drive. Known for it’s longevity the Golf looks like it is here to stay.
Cars from all these popular brands
and more regularly feature on our website but they get snapped up quickly. If you are searching for a mid-sized hatchback that will be safe and reliable, why not check out our stock regularly. All the cars are thoroughly AA-inspected, HPI-checked and valeted before going on sale. Is your next car here right now?