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Small Hatchbacks

Our best small hatchback picks

1.
Mazda 3

What we like

  • Great looks
  • Excellent value for money
  • Ride and handling

What we don't

  • Lack of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Short servicing intervals
  • Small boot in the hatch

2.
Volkswagen Golf

What we like

  • Ride comfort
  • Value
  • Quality

What we don't

  • Conservative styling
  • Diesel engines' noise levels
  • Premium unleaded only

3.
Hyundai i30

What we like

  • Quietly confident looks
  • Good engine range
  • Excellent chassis (in independent rear end spec)

What we don't

  • Torsion beam rear suspension in diesel and 2.0-litre cars
  • Extra equipment has seen entry price rise
  • Rear reflectors clutter up clean lines

4.
Honda Civic

What we like

  • Looks are good (or bad)
  • Suspension and steering are both terrific
  • Plenty of legroom in the rear seat

What we don't

  • CVT drones at pace
  • Standard safety lacking on base models
  • RS is noisy on the wrong road surfaces

5.
Holden Astra

What we like

  • Great looking
  • Good handling
  • Spacious cabin

What we don't

  • Needs better cabin storage
  • Road noise intrusion
  • No air vents in back row