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 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.
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.
Highlights for the Volvo hatchback range include:
Volvo V40 hatchback
Highlights for Volvo’s luxury hatchback include: • City Safety autonomous braking system • Sensus infotainment system • Rear-view camera + rear parking sensors • LED daytime running lights and turn indicators • Pedestrian airbag • Adaptive Digital Display • Split-fold 60/40 rear seat
Volvo V40 Cross Country hatchback
Highlights for Volvo’s luxury high-riding hatchback include: • City Safety autonomous braking system • Active Bending Lights • Dynamic Chassis • Sensus High-Performance 7-inch colour multimedia system • Satellite navigation • Electrically adjustable front seats • Leather upholstery • Extra 40mm ground clearance (over regular V40) • Increased body protection