The traditional hatchback may be losing significant ground to the crossovers and SUVs of the world, but this segment remains one of the most hotly contested, from the stalwarts reinventing themselves to new entrants trying to take the market by the scruff of the neck.
Either way, the traditional family hatchback has gone from a hauler of people with a sizeable boot to a selection of striking five-doors that offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for a frugal diesel, a peppy small turbocharged petrol engine or a full-blown hot hatchback. Below are our top 10 family hatchbacks currently on sale.
Ford’s new Focus claims its spot at the top of the family hatchback pile by way of its excellent handling and comfortable ride. There’s plenty of space inside, and a completely revised exterior has given the Ford a new lease of life. Its cabin still doesn’t quite offer the same levels of fit and finish as a Volkswagen Golf or Seat Leon, though.
This fourth-generation model is available with both petrol and diesel engines, while base models make use of a torsion beam rear suspension configuration instead of the multi-link arrangement of the more powerful models. For now, ST-Line represents the sportiest offering in the line-up, although we wouldn’t be surprised if ST and RS models are offered at a later date.