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Buying a Hatchback

Your Guide to Buying a Hatchback

With its roof-hinged rear door – or tailgate – that swings upwards, it’s easy to see how the hatchback gained its name. Here is some advice on what to consider when looking for a new model from this hugely popular category of five-door (or three-door) body styles.

Buying a hatchback

Buying a new car – and particularly deciding which category of vehicle to consider – can be a challenging process to navigate: so many options, so many choices. To help, we have some advice that details what to consider when buying a hatchback – a vehicle choice that can still be effective for your family despite its more compact size.
What is a hatch back

What is a hatchback

A hatchback is a type of vehicle configuration that usually incorporates a rear boot door – or tailgate – that swings upward. This door opens to provide cargo area entry and access to any storage in the car that is typically easier compared with the boot of a sedan. Many hatchbacks also have features such as fold-down second-row seating, which expands carrying capacity and adaptability to its driver and passengers. Today’s hatchbacks often come equipped with an increased level of sportiness, style and safety.

What to look for in a hatchback

Hatchback Performance

Hatchbacks, while lacking the passenger-carrying capacity of larger vehicles such as people-movers or seven-seat SUVs, typically don’t require big engines due to their relatively light weight. If you are looking to buy a new hatchback, it is important to consider how the vehicle operates and how it feels when you are driving it. How fuel-efficient are the engines? Does it offer a choice of petrol and diesel engines? The former normally provide a sportier feel, while the latter are commonly more economical at the bowser and offer stronger pulling power.

Adjustable Configuration
Adjustable Configuration

A smaller car like a hatchback is optimal if its configuration can be adjusted according to your needs. If you are looking to buy a new hatchback, take a look at how the seats and interior spaces adjust depending on your passenger and cargo loads. Do the second-row seats slide to create either more legroom for rear passengers or greater luggage space? Will you have a family in the car as well as all the goods for your weekend getaway?


Hatchbacks are ideal when they have clever spacing and advanced interior design that caters to your life. Does the hatchback you are considering have a generously sized and conveniently shaped boot? What about tie-downs or a 12-volt socket in the boot? Such features may be small, but they can turn an ordinary hatchback from good to great.


A safe hatchback is a better hatchback, and the reality is that it is always a wiser idea to purchase a safer car regardless of what vehicle configuration you are looking for. Does the hatchback you are considering offer the latest automotive safety technology – at least as an option? Certain modern hatchbacks have features that not only protect drivers and passengers but also pedestrians. For you, it is all about assessing your particular situation and choosing a hatchback that fits your individual safety needs and preferences.

Hatchback Style

The increase in popularity of hatchbacks can partly be attributed to the body style often providing a more visually interesting design than your average sedan. What type of style are you after? A sleeker look, as can be found with some coupe-like three-door hatches? Or perhaps a more elegant look? As with any new car choice, ensure that the style of the hatchback you are considering doesn’t compromise your more practical requirements.