Hatchbacks tend to be misunderstood vehicles. Sure, there have been quite a few atrocious models that have slipped through the cracks and into the market. Some have been slow, some have been boring, but the same could be said about virtually any car on the market. Over the last couple of years, however, a great variety of hatchbacks have surfaced, many of which make for great drives and stellar fuel-efficiency. Never before have they been as aesthetically appealing, expressive, and stylish, either. Their affordability is an afterthought in comparison to all the other exciting perks one can get out of them.
With many to choose from, we created a list of some of the hottest hatchbacks on the market and positioned them based on the power of their engines.
10. Fiat 500: 101-horsepower
Making its way back into a division of the American market that is currently flourishing, the Fiat 500 boasts a bold and sleek new look as it invades the industry and region. Affordable, appealing, and thrusting out 101-horsepower, the 500 has potential on the road. Built to stand out with its expressive exterior and drives with ease, it does just that and looks fantastic on the inside, too, despite being very small. In 8.1 seconds it can accelerate to 60 miles per hour and has a top speed of 127 miles per hour. Step it up a notch and take a ride in the Turbo, and there is a glorious 35 percent boost, taking you up to a sportier and more vibrant 135-horsepower.
9. Peugeot 208 GTI: 197-horsepower
The Peugeot 208 GTI is one of the best looking hatchbacks in its class. It has a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that charges out 197-horsepower, enabling it to accelerate from zero-to-62 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, too, instead of a paddle-shift, which allows for greater use of its top speed of 143 miles per hour. Far more daring, leaner, and lower than its predecessors, it looks like they are making a come back and taking no prisoners.
8. Volkswagen Golf GTI: 217-horsepower
The latest Volkswagen Golf GTI is an iconic powerhouse that boasts greater comfort and some great new advanced gadgets, like Progressive Steering. This hatchback embodies great balance, grip, and traction, and more, all while appearing elegant and graceful. Definitely one of the better looking hatchbacks out there, it is equally as beautiful on the inside with its 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 218-horsepower when standard. With the Performance Pack option, it can hit a total of 228-horsepower and comes with uprated brakes and a proper front differential. In 6.4 seconds this bad boy can hit 60 miles per hour, and has a top speed of 158 miles per hour.
7. Mini John Cooper Works GP: 218-horsepower
Bold, hyped-up, and vigorous, the Mini John Cooper Works GP can battle it out with England’s uneven roads, without impacting your experience. It stands out, and makes no compromises on performance and style. A sexy hatchback on fire, this two-seater is a rare bread with only 2000 in production and only 200 making their way into the British automobile market. Dynamic and fun to drive are customs at the very centre of its appeal. With a top speed of 150 miles per hour, the Mini GP is not only hardcore, but racier and thrilling. It can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds and produce 218-horsepower from its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
6. Audi A1 Quattro: 249-horsepower
A little car with a lot to offer, the A1 Quattro will shock drivers from the get-go. With 249-horsepower and a Quattro all-wheel-drive gorged into this hatchback, Audi definitely reaffirms that big things can come in small packages. It has an exceptional drive thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. With a top speed of 152 miles per hour, it can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds. It is built with great Audi standards and comes with the usual balancer shafts, a variable intake camshaft, heavy-duty direct injection, and an intercooler for the small turbo.
5. Renaultsport Megane RS 265: 265-horsepower
For years, the Renaultsport has been a leading competitor in the hatchback market, the creation of the Megan RS 265 further exemplified this. It has a firm drive, a mechanical limited-slip differential that eases the cutting of corners while maintaining balance and composure, and a new look to accompany the new year. Under the hood is a powerful engine that responds to your every command and provides a smooth ride that has a good soundtrack, too. With a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that can produce 265-horsepower, the Megane RS can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in 6 seconds flat and has a top speed of 158 miles per hour.
4. Vauxhall Astra VXR: 278-horsepower
The Astra VXR performs well and looks good doing it. Under the hood, it comes loaded with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that charges out a bellowing 278-horsepower. This slick beauty has a total speed of 155 miles per hour to ultimately thrash out and can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds. It sounds good and sporty, and packs a powerful punch as well. The suspension system associated with its blazing front-wheel drive enables great control over swerving through corners, too.
3. Audi S3: 298-horsepower
The S3 is versatile, sporty, and prepared to take on virtually all weather conditions. Whether it be rain or snow, this hatchback can fight it, thanks to its four-wheel drive. Under the hood, its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine packs a top speed of 155 miles per hour and can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. Built with Audi’s finest standards, it can produce a powerful 298-horsepower, while maintaining a decent fuel economy.
2. BMW M135i: 316-horsepower
Comfortable, luxurious, powerful, and sophisticated, the BMW M135i is a great quality hatchback, for great value. Powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, this Beemer can produce a roaring 320-horsepower that sounds like music to the ears. Unlike most of its front-drive contenders, this machine gets its thrust from the rear-wheels, which ultimately offers a finer-tuned balance and a rewarding ride. In 5.1 seconds, the M135i can accelerate to 62 miles per hour, and has a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
1. Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: 360-horsepower
The A45 AMG by Mercedes-Benz is the world’s fastest hatchback, taking drivers from zero-to-62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. Well ahead of the game, and this list, the A45 is aggressive, bold and full of vigor. Packed with a forceful 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, an extremely fast automatic gearbox, a sturdy four-wheel drive, and a launch control program, this hatchback does not settle for less than 155 miles per hour and a raging 360-horsepower of perfection.