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Hatchbacks starting under $30k

Our best hatchback under $30k picks

1.
Toyota Corolla

What we like

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Beautifully built
  • Much nicer to drive

What we don't

  • No reversing sensors
  • Slow
  • No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

2.
Hyundai i30

What we like

  • Well-built
  • Excellent engineering throughout
  • Sharp pricing

What we don't

  • Diesels are heavy
  • Diesels are also slow
  • AEB not standard across the range

3.
Mazda 3

What we like

  • Capped price servicing
  • Good spec, especially safety
  • Enjoyable to drive

What we don't

  • Warranty starting to look a bit short
  • No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Full advanced safety kit only available on the Astina

4.
Volkswagen Golf

What we like

  • Ride comfort
  • Dynamics
  • Value

What we don't

  • Dual-clutch auto can get grumpy
  • Couldn’t match claimed fuel economy
  • Premium unleaded only

5.
Honda Civic

What we like

  • Great chassis/suspension
  • Quirky features
  • Cabin finish & quality

What we don't

  • 'Warm hatch' in look only
  • Smaller boot than other Civic hatchbacks
  • No advanced safety, even optionally