At one time the hatchback was considered a radical new alternative to the ‘three box’ saloon car, which, up until the introduction of the new-fangled hatchback, had been the design of almost all cars. Like many innovations, once the hatchback arrived, we all wondered why nobody had come up with this design sooner!
Easier to pop your shopping in, with an increased load space area, the hatchback soon took its place as the design of choice, where it remains today.
The principle of the hatchback has spread throughout all the motoring sectors, from the smallest of city cars to the largest of 4x4 the hatchback makes better use of the interior space.
Take the petite little Peugeot 108 and the statuesque Range Rover, they may appear to have very little in common, but they do both share a hatchback design, allowing both to maximise interior space, a must when you’re as small, but perfectly formed, as a Peugeot 108.
For today’s busy lifestyles it would seem that the hatchback is a must, with even sports coupes, including the Audi TT, taking on the hatchback format. The hatchback design has helped coupe style cars, which would seem less than practical, become much more so and in the process allowing drivers a much wider choice of cars.
Take a look below and you’ll see just how many cars fall into the hatchback category and how much choice that gives; so whether you think ‘the best things come in small packages’, or it’s ‘the bigger the better’, for you; you’ll find a hatchback that fits the bill!
If you're struggling to make a decision, perhaps our blog on the best small cars can help you.