Your Guide to Hatchback Cars

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


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.

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.

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Volvo Selekt Hatchbacks

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