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Hatchbacks starting under $70k

Our best hatchback under $70k picks

1.
Audi A5

What we like

  • Still a great looker
  • Terrific interior
  • Solid drive

What we don't

  • Options matrix a bit tricky to navigate
  • And those options cost a lot
  • Some will say it looks too much like the old one

2.
BMW 4 series

What we like

  • Lowered fuel economy.
  • Plenty of equipment included as standard.
  • Good amount of luggage space for a coupe.

What we don't

  • Rear seating reduced to a formality.
  • Steering feels dull, no matter the setting.
  • Firm sport shocks and large wheels make for discomfort on country roads.

3.
Audi A3

What we like

  • Wagon-like practicality
  • Good looks
  • Engaging from behind the wheel

What we don't

  • The best stuff is still optional
  • Ride on 18-inch alloys can feel firm on city streets
  • Jerky under hard acceleration

4.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class

What we like

  • More power
  • More toys
  • More standard equipment

What we don't

  • More money
  • No manual transmissions
  • The AMG-Petronas paint scheme on the Motorsport Edition

5.
BMW 1 series

What we like

  • Great straight-six turbo engine in M140i
  • Excellent handling and performance in 125i
  • Five-door hatch practicality

What we don't

  • Awkward looking
  • No advanced safety technology