Hatchbacks

With its roof-hinged rear door – or tailgate – that swings upwards, it’s easy to see how the hatchback gained its name.

What is a hatchback


The hatchback body-style concept has established itself as one of the world’s most popular vehicle choices owing to the useful practicality it squeezes into relatively compact dimensions.

Most hatches – also known as city cars or simply small cars – are between 3.9 and 4.5 metres in length, yet provide easy cargo access via the handy tailgate as well as versatile second-row seats that typically fold down to expand luggage space.


Hatchbacks commonly feature an engine up front, powering the front wheels. Some models, particularly those with a performance-biased focus, feature all-wheel drive.

Some hatches are offered with just two passenger doors for buyers who prioritise looks, though it’s the four-door – or five-door, if you’re counting the tailgate – variety that have broader appeal.
Volvo V40 Hatchback

Volvo Hatchbacks


Volvo Car Australia currently offers two hatchbacks in its range: the Volvo V40 and Volvo V40 Cross Country.

The Volvo V40 is a five-door luxury hatchback that seats up to five occupants in a Scandinavian design that is both stylish and distinctive.

A broad powertrain line-up comprises multiple turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that deliver strong yet economical performance.

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The Volvo V40 Cross Country takes the hatchback concept and adds an elevated ride height for a more commanding view of the road – and is ideal for roads with surfaces too rough for a conventional hatch.

To complement this additional capability, the Volvo V40 Cross Country features hill-descent control and adopts rugged design cues such as the protective trim on the lower section of the bodywork.

Read more about the Volvo V40 Cross Country

Highlights for the Volvo hatchback range include: