If you’re looking for an affordable, practical car, then you’ve probably got your eye on a hatchback. These smaller cars are nippy, and easy to drive. They’ll squeeze around the tight city roads, but they’ll hold their own on the motorway too. Cheap to buy, cheap to run, these cars are the all-rounders of the roads. But, which is the very best? Which model is worth your money? Today, we’ve rounded up five of the finest. You’ll drive away happy with any one of them, but which is our favourite?
- Volkswagen Polo
It is, of course, a Volkswagen. VW have been the driving force behind some of the best small cars on the planet. They were the first to create the ground-breaking ‘hot-hatchback’ – the Golf GTi. It’s not just their understanding of speed and power that impresses. It’s their attention to detail, and ability to create a reliable, practical, and affordable car. The Polo is the perfect road model. Simple, but perfectly created. We’d expect nothing less from the German automakers.
- Mazda 2
If there’s one fault we can pick in the Volkswagen Polo, it is perhaps a little too conformative. It’s not exactly bursting with fun and energy. But, that’s where the Mazda 2 shines brightest. You might be familiar with the Mazda MX5; it’s considered the most exciting and fun car on the road. Well, Mazda have distilled that sense of fun, and plugged it into a practical hatchback. Voila, the Mazda 2 was born. This is an exciting, but practical everyday car.
- Peugeot 207
The French car makers have a rich history in small motors. After all, Peugeot originally built their cars to tackle the winding French roads. They created a monster with the original 208 hot hatchback, which remains the favourite car of many petrolheads. In 2016, however, it’s their 207 range that shines. Simple, practical, and cheap to run. Even the used models are well worth their salt. Take a look at Autoworld-UK to get a sense of their value.
- Ford Fiesta
The Fiesta is the country’s best-selling vehicle ever. It has topped the best-sellers list for more than a decade, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. And with good reason. This is a phenomenally good car. Every inch of it is perfectly crafted. There is no weak point, yet it is still sensibly priced. It even has that element of fun and excitement that’s missing from so many others in the range.
- Vauxhall Corsa
Always the bridesmaid, and never the bride, the Corsa regular fills the number two spot behind the Fiesta. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad car – far from it. The Corsa matches the Fiesta in almost every department. It falls short in the excitement category, failing to deliver the sheer fun of its rival. It’s remains a solid competitor, and one of our favourite small cars.
That’s all for now, folks. Have we missed any of your favourites from the list?