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Australians love their hatchbacks, and despite the influx of SUVs on our nation’s roads, there is still much to be said for the humble five-door. Offering ample performance from higher-spec variants, enough space to comfortably carry four or five people including some luggage, and offering the best in manoeuvrability for inner-city dwellers – oh, and not to mention great fuel efficiency – it’s no wonder car manufacturers continue to release new hatchback models each year.

Of course, hatchbacks come in all shapes and sizes, from small cars (including tiny city cars) to performance cars and family cars, no matter what your needs, there’s a wide range of hatchbacks to choose from!. By choosing the best hatchback for your needs and budget in 2022, you can find the perfect vehicle for you and your family.

We've rounded up our top ten hatchbacks on the Australian market right now so you can make your final decision before heading down to the dealer to drive your favourite. And if you’re looking for your best car finance options, we can help with that too!

One last thing. 

At the end of the article, you will also find classic hatchbacks that have been on Driva’s ‘best of’ list since 2022. Skip to them with the table of contents to check them out! 

Here are the best new models due to hit Aussie streets in 2023…

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - from $49,890

Say hello to the revamped 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, slated for Australian arrival in July 2023. Showcasing a fresh look, enriched interior, and the incorporation of mild-hybrid technology for some European models, this upgraded compact sedan exudes style and sophistication. Expected to offer an experience similar to its predecessor, this sleek machine teases a thrilling encounter with the German automaker's timeless elegance and uncompromising performance.

Fuel economy: Depends on Variant

Fuel tank capacity: Depends on Variant

Engine: Range includes 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, 1.3-litre plug-in hybrid; all petrol.

Maximum power: Ranges from 100kW in the A180 to 310kW in the AMG A45 S.

Key features:

  • Refined visual design including new LED headlight and tail-light signatures, sharper front grille, new alloy wheel designs.
  • Upgraded interior featuring dual 10.25-inch screens running the latest MBUX software, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
  • Advanced safety suite with a refined lane-keeping assist system, and a 3D view for the 360-degree camera.
  • Mild-hybrid system available on some European models, providing an extra 10kW under heavy load and allowing the engine to switch off during steady cruising.
  • AMG models feature a unique AMG Performance steering wheel with two rotary dials, controlling drive modes or stability control presets.

You may want to check out other Mercedes-Benz hybrid cars. Have a look at our list of best hybrid cars in the Australian market.

MG MG3 - $18,990

Top of the charts, baby! With almost half of the light car market in Australia under its thumb, the 2023 MG 3 is not just a pretty face. This machine doesn't just run with the big boys, it outruns them! Yes, it's a city car that's making waves and leaving a trail of dust in its wake for its competitors. And why? It's simple: a compelling price point, decent tech features, and an agreeable drive in urban settings.

Fuel economy: 6.7L/100km

Fuel tank capacity: 45L

Engine: 1.5L four-cylinder

Maximum power: 82kW

Key features:

  • Competitive price point and low running costs
  • Sufficient drivetrain for urban environments
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay
  • Remarkably spacious rear seats
  • Four-speaker stereo in the base model, upgradeable to six in the Excite variant

Suzuki Swift Sport GLX Turbo - $31,290

What do you get when you cross a charmingly compact frame with dynamic handling? The 2023 Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo! This spirited machine feels like a love letter to Europe, zipping around with its turbocharged engine like a seasoned street performer. Yes, it's been in the Aussie market for a while, and might be showing its age a touch, but that only adds to its character. The Swift steps up to the plate where others have stepped down, ready to outshine its competition with a grin. Its surprisingly comfortable back seat and ample tech inclusions make it a strong contender in the light car segment. But let's be honest, it’s the Swift's unwavering commitment to providing a perky, fun-filled ride that really seals the deal. A bit old, you say? We call it vintage charm.

Fuel economy: 5.1L/100km

Fuel tank capacity: Information not provided

Engine: Turbocharged three-cylinder

Maximum power: 82kW

Key features:

  • Engaging driving dynamics
  • Comprehensive driver assist technology
  • Comfortable rear seating space
  • Straightforward and intuitive dashboard
  • 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen

Kia Rio - $17,875

Think of the Kia Rio as the trusty sidekick that always has your back, ready to tackle any urban jungle or cross-country adventure with a steadfast spirit. Compact yet robust, its fuel efficiency is a boon for city-slickers and highway cruisers alike. While others have evolved into larger, more expensive counterparts, our Rio stays true to its subcompact roots – no frills, just raw practicality. Despite its modest power, the Rio offers a surprisingly smooth ride and is ideal for those who appreciate value without sacrificing comfort. The 2023 model may not boast major changes, but why fix what isn’t broken? Rio, you're a gem in the sub-$20,000 market.

Fuel economy: 5.6 - 6 l/100km combined

Fuel tank capacity: 45L tank

Engine: 1.4 L 4-cylinder, 1.0 L turbocharged (GT-Line)

Maximum power: 74 kW

Key features:

  • 15-inch wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rear-view camera with parking sensors
  • 8.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Optional safety features such as forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, LED headlights

Love the classics? These have been bestsellers since 2022!

**Prices are subject to change. Always check the manufacturer’s website for live pricing.**

1. KIA Picanto GT - $19,990

The KIA Picanto is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an affordable compact hatch. The sharp look, striking design and intelligent connectivity make this car a must-have for city dwellers on a budget, coming in at just $19,990 before on-road costs. It’s also the most fuel-efficient model on this list (excluding the Tesla).

Fuel economy: 4.8 l/100km combined

Fuel tank capacity: 35 L

Engine: 1.0 L 3-cylinder

Maximum power: 74 kW

Key features:

  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Energy-saving LED daytime running lights for added safety
  • 8" infotainment system
  • Wireless connectivity t
  • USB charging and 12V power

If you're looking for the brand's hybrid option, check out Kia's hybrid SUV here.

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    2. Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport - $28,866

    The new Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport is the perfect car for those who love the compact nature of a hatchback but also enjoy a smooth drive. Packed with the latest Toyota performance and safety technology it’s lighter and more efficient. This sporty hatchback has been designed to hug the road while still offering you surprising comfort no matter what the journey throws at you.

    Fuel economy: 6 l/100km combined 

    Fuel tank capacity: 43 to 50 L

    Engine: 1.8 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder

    Maximum power: 90 to 125 kW

    Key features:

    • Smart technology with an 8" colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™️ 
    • Sporty 18” alloys
    • Chrome exhaust tips (ZR)
    • Privacy glass that keeps the world from looking in (SX and ZR)
    • Advanced safety features with the Toyota Safety Sense, Pre-Collision Safety System, Lane Trace Assist, and the intelligent Road Sign Assist (designed to recognise Australian speed signs and alert you when it's time to change your speed)

    3. Subaru Impreza 2.0iL AWD Hatch - $31,245

    Subaru Impreza is bristling with extras and a myriad of standard inclusions that other brands consider optional. A reliable hatchback, a drive in a Subaru Impreza is far from ‘standard’ – helping you enjoy your ride while on the road. 

    Fuel economy: 7.2 l/100km combined 

    Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder

    Fuel tank capacity: 50 L

    Maximum power: 115 kW

    Key features:

    • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
    • 2.0L horizontally-opposed, Boxer engine
    • Clever safety systems, including the EyeSight® Driver Assist system and reverse camera
    • Integrated infotainment system with 8" touchscreen
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Luxurious heated front seats
    • Two convenient USB ports in the front centre console
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    4. Mazda 3 G25 Evolve SP - $31,490

    The Mazda3 hatch is a great car for a spirited driver that wishes to revel in their adventurous side. With luxurious features, it is one of the most reliable hatchbacks in Australia at a mid-range price, making it an excellent family car. 

    Fuel economy: 6.2-6.6 l/100km combined

    Engine: 2.5 L 4-cylinder

    Fuel tank capacity: 51 L

    Maximum power: 139 kW

    Key features:

    • Black 18-Inch alloy wheels
    • Stylish black grille and black exterior mirrors
    • Advanced keyless entry
    • 360° view monitor 
    • Exceptional sound no matter where you go with Bose® speakers
    • Intelligent safety features with the Blind Spot Monitoring and Driver Attention Alert

    5. Honda Civic VTi-L - $33,044

    We knew the new Honda Civic Hatchback had to be as sleek on the outside as it was seamless on the inside. Every inch of this car has been carefully designed to give you a limitless amount of confidence and joy from the moment you first drive home.

    Fuel economy: 6.1 l/100km combined

    Fuel tank capacity: 47 L

    Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder

    Maximum power: 127 kW

    Key features:

    • Powerful 131kW VTEC Turbo engine
    • Advanced safety systems by Honda Sensing to be your extra pair of ‘eyes’ on the road
    • Stylish black leatherette seats with red accented suede
    • Bose® premium audio speaks for a superior sound experience
    • 18-inch alloy wheels

    6. Ford Fiesta ST - $33,490

    A hot-hatch in every sense of the word, the 2022 Ford Fiesta ST is more than just a car. It combines power, agility and technology to create a driving experience that is as much fun as possible. Complete with access to the FordPass app – the app helps you locate, lock and control the temperature settings of your car remotely.

    Fuel tank capacity: 45 L

    Fuel economy: 6.3 l/100km combined 

    Engine: 1.5 L 3-cylinder

    Maximum power: 147 kW

    Key features:

    • 8" touch screen digital display
    • 12.3" full LCD digital instrument cluster
    • Energy-efficient taillights will keep you stylish and noticeable during the day and night
    • Stylish and comfortable Ford Performance Seats
    • Access to the FordPass app – the app helps you locate your vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, and even start the engine remotely to heat or cool the cabin to the last known setting.

    7. SKODA Monte Carlo - $34,190

    Skoda Monte Carlo's wonderfully sleek design is eye-catching both in the interior and exterior. The higher-performance variant of Skoda’s light car staple is a more upmarket, highly specified, and powerful car that you will be proud to show the crew.

    Fuel economy: 5.5 l/100km combined

    Fuel tank capacity: 50 L

    Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder

    Maximum power: 110 kW

    Key features:

    • All the safety features you can expect from SKODA including lane assist 
    • Wireless connectivity
    • Virtual cockpit
    • Wireless charging mobile phones
    • Extra-large 9.2" Infotainment
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring (added extra)

    8. Volkswagen Golf GTI - $34,690

    The new Golf GTI is an adventure-ready hatchback, built for those who want to take their passion for the open road to new heights. With a full digital revamp, the latest state-of-the-art safety systems from Volkswagen (IQ.DRIVE2) and an incredible driving experience - it's no wonder that the Golf GTI remains one of the best hatchbacks on the Australian market. If you’re after something a little more powerful, you might like to consider the slightly more expensive Volkswagen Golf R. 

    Fuel tank capacity: 50 to 55 L

    Fuel economy: 5.8-7.8 l/100km combined 

    Engine: 1.4 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder

    Key features:

    • GTI interior and exterior styling
    • 18"Alloy wheels
    • LED front fog lights
    • Added comfort and safety with adaptive chassis control
    • Metallic and pearl effect paint
    • 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI engine that will take you from 0-100 in 6.4 seconds.
    • Wireless charge station for your mobile phone

    9. Hyundai i30 N - $49,203

    The new i30 N is everything you’ve been looking for in a performance hatchback. It’s the first true high-performance hatchback, with a dramatic design and race-inspired handling that's fast and agile. With a host of advanced safety features, you drive with confidence with a Hyundai i30 N.

    Fuel economy: 8.5 l/100km combined

    Fuel tank capacity: 50 L

    Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder

    Key features:

    • 19” alloy wheels
    • Energy-saving LED daytime running lights
    • Increased front brake discs measuring 360mm
    • Twin outlet active sport’s exhaust
    • Superior safety features with Hyundai’s unique blind-spot collision warning, driver attention warning and lane following assist

    10. Tesla Model 3 - $64,662

    The Tesla Model 3 is a compact executive sedan that is battery-powered and fully electric. It’s no surprise that since early 2020, it’s been the best-selling electric car in world history, and, in June 2021, became the first electric car to pass the 1 million global sales milestone. Full of all the futuristic technological features you can expect from Tesla, you'll be delighted every time you get behind the wheel.

    Range: 559 to 681 km battery-only

    Battery: 60-82 kWh 360 V lithium-ion

    Acceleration: 0-100 km/h: 3.3 to 6.1 seconds

    Max speed: 225 to 261 km/h

    Key features:

    • Tesla’s autopilot's advanced safety and convenience features
    • Use your smartphone as a key
    • Access all driver controls in the central 15” touchscreen
    • The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness for every seat
    • 20” Überturbine Wheels and Performance Brakes
    • Carbon fibre spoiler

    Final thoughts

    When you’re deciding which hatchback is right for you, make sure to carefully budget to ensure you can afford both the purchase price of the car and all the running costs associated with it (and check out our helpful blog on how much to spend on a car!) Also, if reducing your environmental impact is important to you, be sure to check out the Green Vehicle Guide

    If you’re looking for the best way to finance a hatchback, we can help.

    Driva secures you finance for used and new cars, so whether you’re buying from a dealership or an online private seller, we’ll find your best-personalised rates from our panel of more than 30 lenders. We can also organise finance for both individual and commercial customers - from secured vehicle loans to novated leases, Driva is your one-stop shop for all your finance needs.

    If you’re looking for more car reviews, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out our guide to the best electric cars and the top seven family cars Aussies know and love.

    Got more questions?

    What sets apart a sedan from a hatchback?

    Sedans are typically 4-door passenger vehicles, featuring a separate boot space and a three-box body structure. On the other hand, hatchbacks, while also 4-door, are built on a two-box body framework with an upward-opening rear gate.

    Which hatchback holds the crown for being the most powerful?

    Boasting a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the Hyundai i20 takes the throne as the most powerful hatchback in India. Its engine churns out a hefty 120 PS and peaks at 172 Nm torque.

    As of 2023, which hatchback has the highest sales numbers in Australia?

    The Hyundai i30 proudly sits at the top, recognised as the best-selling hatchback in Australia for the year 2023 as at the time of writing. More accurate statistics will be available closer to the end of the year. 

    What hatchback holds the title for the highest power output ever?

    The Mercedes-AMG A45 S has set records, deemed as the most potent hot hatch ever produced. Its performance echoes the prowess of BMW M5s from the early 2000s, yet it remains surprisingly fuel-efficient, boasting 32.5mpg in mixed driving conditions.

    Which hatchback offers the most generous boot capacity?

    The Volkswagen Golf outshines its rivals with the most boot space among hatchbacks. Thanks to the lack of division between the trunk and the interior, hatchbacks generally offer more cargo space than sedans. This characteristic enables the fitting of larger items into a hatchback's trunk, and the back seats can also be folded down to create even more storage room.

    Declan Flaherty

    As the Digital Marketing Manager at Driva you can find Declan during the day transfixed by a flurry of spreadsheets, mar-tech, Slack emojis and graphs all pointing in the right direction and keeping up to date with the latest car finance trends.

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