Downsizing in the motor industry on a global scale has provided the hatchback with plenty of opportunity to shine. While deciding which of the many hot hatchbacks are the best for 2018 there are plenty of factors to consider. As such, we’ve given you the perfect selection of big and small, affordable and luxury, and high-performance and tame hatchbacks.
With over 50 years in the motor industry, over 40 million Corollas have been sold to date and the number continues to grow. When Scion was taken over by Toyota after the 2016 model, Toyota rebranded the Scion iM under its own label – the Corolla iM.
The Fiat 500 Abarth delivers an uncompromising 160-horsepower from its 1.4L turbo four engine with 5-speeds on the base model. While the 6-speed Abarth has a slightly lower horsepower, it raises the torque form 170 to 183 lb-ft making it one of the most thrilling compacts for city driving.
The Bolt might look small, but Chevrolet’s subcompact electric vehicle is actually packing a big punch. With a powerful electric motor and a 60kWh lithium-ion battery, the Bolt can travel up to 383km on a single charge.
The A5 Sportback is best described as an entry-level luxury vehicle, but it still has one of the smoothest and jauntiest engines on the market. The 2.0L turbo four engine provides 252hp and 273lb-ft of torque and has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode.
The Mazda 3 should be a regular feature on every “best of” list out there as it’s one of the flashiest compact hatchbacks currently available. Good luck focusing on eSports betting Australia with this baby waiting in your driveway! The 2.0L 4-cylinder engine offer 155hp, while the more powerful 2.5L version boasts 184hp and both versions arguably provide the most athletic handling for its class.
The Civic has a well-established rating for reliability and longevity, but unlike other hatchbacks it doesn’t play it safe with a standard 4-cylinder engine – this hot hatch comes with a turbo. The 174hp won’t win you any races, but it is perfect for city driving and highway cruising.
Much to their competitor’s dismay, the Prius remains king of the green car industry and is the best-sold hybrid car in its class. The 2018 Toyota Prius boasts fuel economy scores of 54/50mpg in conventional form and 58/53 in the Eco models.
While many would most likely prefer to own the 350hp Focus RS, it’s far too expensive for many to consider. However, the Focus ST has a 2.0L EcoBoost 4 engine which offers 252hp and 270lb-ft of torque with a solid 6-speed manual transmission.
This beautiful hatchback, codenamed F34, is based on the long-wheelbase F35 sedan chassis and the 2.0L turbo four mill offers 248hp in the 330i model. If you’re got some extra money to splash around, upgrade to the 340i for a boost of 320hp.
The 2018 Golf GTI sports a power increase from last year’s models and generates an outstanding 227hp. While it still might be out of price range of many, you can’t discount the GTI’s advantages: more athletic handling, an incredibly comfortable ride, and an overall better build quality.