Some like 'em hot, others are after something more practical, either way there's a hatchback to suit most tastes and requirements nowadays. We’ve picked our our ten favourites, all available now from Leasing Options, these are the best hatchback lease deals for 2018.
Designed, built and tested in Britain, the 7th generation Vauxhall Astra should feel right at home on our roads - and it does. There are improvements everywhere too, from a new platform that lops a massive 200kg off the curb weight, to an increased interior size - despite the vehicle frame actually being slightly larger than the previous iteration. You'll also be treated to the latest technology with a snazzy touchscreen that'll connect to Apple and Android devices. With more quality in every department and a new range of economical engines it's not hard to make a case for this 2017 Astra being top of the hatchback class.
If you had to name the most iconic vehicles ever produced the Volkswagen Golf would surely be right up there. Conceived to replace the ageing Beetle, this boxy hatchback inspired a generation of similar vehicles from other manufacturers, folk have been trying to copy this people's car ever since its release in 1974. Now at Mk7, the Golf is still as popular as ever. So what do you get from over 40 years of refinement? Premium quality all over the place, comfort and functionality – plus, especially if you choose one of the larger engines, this car is no slouch either. After all this time the Golf is still the one to beat.
Who says hatchbacks can't be sexy? Audi's A3 is arguably the most desirable car on this list and definitely the best looking. With its subtle lines and hexagonal grille it's not hard to spot the features that have made this vehicle so popular over the last few years. You'll find a pretty nice view on the inside too, an uncluttered dashboard makes using the intuitive infotainment system, and the various button and dials, nice and simple. When it comes to the engines you don't have to choose between power and efficiency with enough options to keep any buyer happy, add to that the choice of 3 or 5 doors and you can see there's a A3 for everyone out there.
Never far from top of the pile in the sales charts, the Focus has been offering British motorists a great drive at a great price for many a year, now the fourth generation has landed and promises more of the same. There's not much too flashy about this Ford but what you can rely on is a vehicle with a good choice of economical engines, plenty of standard kit and gadgets, plus the best handling in its class. It might not be as practical it once was, with competitors stealing a march on interior space, but there's still plenty to recommend about this car if you're looking for a good value family hatchback.
The only vehicle on this list available with hybrid, plug in hybrid and fully electric engines all available is the Ioniq. This car offers seriously economical motoring at a pretty competitive price point - these things have been flying out the factory door, Hyundai can't make them quickly enough. It would be fair to say the design may divide opinion, but that body shape, reminiscent of a certain Toyota, makes this more aerodynamic and ultimately all this adds up to a claimed 83mpg – which is one very good reason to drive it.
Another vehicle to have received a recent refresh is the SEAT Leon, which is now in to its third generation. Alongside styling tweaks to the grille, bumpers and lights, there are plenty of improvements on the inside too. You'll get a touchscreen as standard and there are options to add technology like wireless phone charging and traffic jam assist. Under the hood there's still plenty of choice too, from a competent and economical 1.0-litre TSI petrol to the 2.0 TSI 300 Cupra that'll power from starting to 62mph in 5.6 seconds. A great value car just got that little bit better.
Mercedes Benz A-Class
Over the last two decades the A-Class has evolved from Mercedes’ ugly duckling to something anything but. The original model was supermini sized yet spacious, although certainly no looker, with this fourth generation the A-Class confirms its position as the world’s most luxurious hatchback.
The new dashboard is absolutely stunning. It features debuts for Mercedes’ fully redesigned MBUX widescreen infotainment system as well as their freshly minted voice control assistant. Sporty circular air vents complete an interior that’s as beautiful as it is functional. Outside, the shape has been tweaked and sharpened and under the hood there’s brand new selection of efficient engines. Is the Mercedes Benz A-Class now best in class?
The first thing to notice about the Mazda 3 is that it’s quite a looker. Svelte in profile with a sloping coupe-style roof and a real sporty feel, this is surely one of the smartest looking family cars around, especially at the price point. Inside that theme continues, with an attractive layout and nice soft-touch materials offering up a well-made, if not spectacular dash. When it comes to tech the Mazda really impresses though, with a seriously generous amount of standard kit. You can count on things like a 7 inch touchscreen, built in sat nav, smartphone connectivity and a head up display. We got some great deals on the Mazda 3, drop us a line and speak to one of our account managers today to find out more.
Is this the most fun car on our list? It would be hard to argue against that assertion, the MINI is nimble, nippy and packed full of all the customisation options to really make it your own. With its cool retro design, the dashboard feels premium but also funky and boasts impressive technology too- the infotainment setup is certainly one of the best in class. There’s a great selection of gutsy engines to choose from, as well as the rapid John Cooper Works model that promises a sprightly sprint to 62mph in just 6.3 seconds. It might not be the most practical hatchback around when it comes to space, but the MINI is stylish, polished and brilliantly lively.
Just as Skoda holds the trump card in the wagon game with its quite frankly cavernous Superb Estate, the Octavia offers best in class passenger and luggage space. This is Skoda’s most well-known and best-selling vehicle and portrays exactly what the brand offers car-buyers, machines that get the job done properly. It might not be as flashy as the Golf and Leon which both also share Volkswagen’s MQB platform, but what it lacks in panache is paid back in practicality. That’s not say you there are no bells and whistles to be had, with loads of impressive kit on offer, plus the latest generation has nicely handsome looks. Make a sensible choice and speak to us today about our latest Skoda Octavia offers.