The 9 Best Affordable Hatchback Cars

Cars can be expensive in this day and age and finding the right hatchback at the right price is important. When looking for a car you want reliability, modern technology and a comfortable, well built car that will serve you some good years ahead. We have picked the 9 most affordable hatchback cars that are well built, reliable and can come with a load of extras that can make the car useful in the modern age. They are cheap to run and are cheap to repair should anything go wrong. The prices are affordable and the finance options are not too bad either. Take a look below.
9] Suzuki Swift
The Suzuki Swift is a nice little hatchback that comes at an affordable price. The Swift looks great with a clean design and smooth curves. The interior is nice and simple and comes with great options like a touchscreen display that has Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, DAB digital radio and USB connectivity to your smartphone. There are a few engine options like the 1.2 Dualjet petrol engine, or the 1.0 Turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine for good performance and fuel efficiency. The addition of SHVS Mild Hybrid provides even greater efficiency. There’s even a 1.2 Dualjet SHVS 4-wheel Drive.
RRP: From £11,999
Dimensions: 3,840 mm L x 1,735 mm W x 1,495-1,520 mm H
Kerb weight: 890 to 980 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 10 to 12.6 seconds
8] Mazda2
The new Mazda2 is a good looking car. It has a combination of style, good looks and a smooth design. The most efficient diesel model will return over 83mpg. The 2 is great to drive, it is quick and light – enough to squeeze into some tight parking spots. It has a boot space of 280 litres, big enough for suitcases, shopping and golf clubs. It also has a classy, well designed interior, while standard equipment is pretty impressive. The two less powerful petrol versions can sound coarse and feel underpowered, but the quickest 113bhp petrol is quick and relaxing to drive on the motorway. The 2 has low running costs and should also be pretty dependable, as Mazda has a impressive reliability record.
RRP: From £12,700
Dimensions: 4,060 mm L x 1,695 mm W x 1,495 mm H
Fuel tank capacity: 44 L
Kerb weight: 1,045 to 1,075 kg
7] Kia Rio
The second-generation Kia Rio is a solid, well-built small car that comes with a seven-year warranty (the longest among its rivals). The Rio has low running costs and most models are come with features like air-conditioning as standard. The Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza has better driving experiences but for a small car the Rio feels safe and secure, even on the motorway. Engines include a range of 1.25, 1.4 and 1.0-litre petrols, the smallest offers the best performance getting from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds. The Rio’s five doors offer a door into great space in the rear with comfortable seats.
RRP: From £11,205
Dimensions: 4,065 mm L x 1,725 mm W x 1,445 mm H
Fuel tank capacity: 45 L
Kerb weight: 1,110 to 1,248 kg
6] Vauxhall Corsa
The new Vauxhall Corsa is great value, has a great equipment list, better driving dynamics and impressively low running costs to really make this car appealing. There are a lot of specification levels on offer but the Design model features air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights and cruise control. This is also one of the best generations of Corsa to drive, with a new turbocharged 113bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine being the best of them all. It is capable of 58.9mpg. The Corsa has always been a popular model amongst first time drivers which shows the car’s approachable nature and excellent value.
RRP: From £10,130
Dimensions: 4,021-4,036 mm L x 1,736-1,746 mm W x 1,479 mm H
Kerb weight: 1,141 to 1,278 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 45 L
5] Ford Fiesta
The new Ford Fiesta looks good with its simple yet smooth design. It still has that sparkle on winding backroads but also now feels better on motorways thanks to its larger design. That means extra space in the rear and the new dashboard design in the front means the Fiesta can now compete with others in its class. All cars above entry-level come with an infotainment touchscreen and the wider models means the Fiesta is for everyone. The diesel engines and their 80mpg-plus economy are great, but the petrols appeal most: the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost – which is available in three power outputs – is an absolute beauty.
RRP: From £12,945
Dimensions: 4,040-4,065 mm L x 1,735 mm W x 1,466-1,476 mm H
Kerb weight: 1,113 to 1,207 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 42 L
4] Skoda Fabia
If you are looking for value, practicality and great preformance the Skoda Fabia scores highly. It may share many mechanical parts with the Volkswagen Polo but the Fabia is more spacious and cheaper to buy than the VW. The Sokda’s look is a little outdated with its box shape and angled headlights. The Fabia range includes between 89 and 108bhp, with turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines. The more powerful of the two is capable of 58.9mpg. The 104bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine is great for high-mileage driving.
RRP: From £9,710
Dimensions: 3,992-4,306 mm L x 1,732 mm W x 1,467-1,494 mm H
Fuel tank capacity: 45 L
Kerb weight: 1,005 to 1,145 kg
3] Nissan Micra
Nissan have done a great job redesigning the Micra and making it look modern and competitive.  The curvy, outdated, ugly shape of old has been replaced with sharp contours and modern smooth design. From its 5 doors to its floating roofline and its hidden rear door handles, this Micra is appealing.  It drives really well but has firm suspension. The Nissan Micra is a beautiful car, with plenty of equipment and a powerful Bose stereo on high end versions. The best engine is the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol with 89bhp, which can return around 64mpg. Thanks to a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP and standard autonomous emergency braking it is a very safe and reliable car.
RRP: From £12,100
Dimensions: 3,999 mm L x 1,743 mm W x 1,455 mm H
Kerb weight: 1,024 to 1,113 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 41 L
2] Seat Ibiza
This Seat Ibiza looks really good. It is nice a compact with a well rounded design. The new SEAT Ibiza not only looks great but is more comfortable over long distances, quieter at speed and better equipped than ever before. It is great to drive on country lanes and still has a stylish image that draws buyers to the Ibiza. There are some minor issues like the top of the dashboard could be made from slightly nicer plastic, while entry-level cars do without split-folding rear seats. Pick the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and go for SE or SE Technology trim and you can’t go far wrong.
RRP: From £13,410
Dimensions: 4,059 mm L x 1,780 mm W x 1,444 mm H
Kerb weight: 1,091 to 1,272 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 40 L
1] Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo is very similar to the SEAT Ibiza as they are based on the same mechanical platform and owned by the same company. The Polo does cost more money despite being slightly smaller and less practical. This is because the Polo’s interior is higher-quality than the SEAT’s. It’s also exceptionally well built, handsome and modern. The interior is really nice and it comes with a load of technology and you can choose a load of added extras. There are plenty of engines and trim levels to choose from. This is also a car that focuses more on being comfortable and relaxing, than exciting in bends.
RRP: From £11,805
Dimensions: 3,972-4,067 mm L x 1,682-1,751 mm W x 1,453-1,461 mm H
Fuel tank capacity: 40 to 45 L
Kerb weight: 1,055 to 1,355 kg

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