The family hatchback faces a fight for survival. Once the default choice for families needing practicality, space, fuel economy and style, many people now turn to high-riding crossovers or SUVs. But the family hatchback has not yet had its day, read our article to find out what was voted the best family cars in 2021...
Hatchback buyers have never had it so good. New family hatchbacks in 2021 get the latest safety tech, low running costs and are usually nicer to drive than crossovers.
The Ford Focus is a great all-rounder. It’s great to drive and its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is both fast and frugal.
The Honda Civic has extrovert styling, a low driving position and a choice of two excellent petrol engines. Sitting low means the Honda drives better than most of its rivals.
There’s more to Kia cars than the famous seven-year warranty. The Ceed is inoffensive, packed with equipment and decent to drive. It doesn’t excel in any one area, but its all-round competency is its strength.
The new Leon is the hatchback to buy for those who fancy a Volkswagen Golf but want to save money. It has the same platform and running gear, but is prettier than its German sister, while packing the latest technology.
Skoda’s Octavia has picked up many awards, and its boot has sufficient space for all the trophies with 600 litres of luggage space: enough to rival bigger cars. The Octavia is also based on the same platform as the VW Golf, but Skoda offers more interior room for less money.
The Corolla costs more than some rivals, but as well as a generous level of standard equipment, it is powered by a pair of petrol-electric hybrid engines that have the same fuel economy as a diesel. The 1.8-litre version returns 62.7mpg, while the 2.0-litre achieves 57.6mpg.
The Astra is a lot better than its dull styling might suggest. Prices start at £19,000, which makes it one of the cheapest hatchbacks and the entry-level SE trim has 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, air conditioning, and cruise control.
The Volkswagen Golf is the default choice for millions of motorists and this 8th generation builds on its success with great interiors, solid standard equipment and strong brand equity.
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