While the crossover-SUV has revolutionised the car market over the past decade, capturing the public taste like nothing else in recent memory, the humble hatchback still accounts for some of the best selling new and used cars in the UK.
With that popularity comes a huge choice on the second-hand market, and with hatchbacks having some of the best depreciation values in the car market, the prices are reasonable when buying or leasing used.
Looking at styling, reliability and cost, we’ve picked our top five used hatchback cars which are all in stock and available to lease right now…
05. Vauxhall Astra
Vauxhall hangs its hat on being uniquely British and over the years the Astra has become one of their most renowned and best-selling models.
While it might not have the curb appeal of some of the other choices in this list, few hatchbacks are as affordable and offer the all-round package like the Astra. That means it’s good to drive and offers a wide range of engines that blend economy and performance.
Used models currently available on Hippo Leasing include the 1.4-litre turbo petrol in Elite Nav spec. This comes with an eight-inch infotainment with sat nav, full leather seats which are heated in the front, cruise control, as well as front and rear parking sensors.
04. BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series is a great choice for an executive hatchback, offering an extra level of refinement and class than is usually offered in the segment.
With the most recent model launched in 2019, used examples of the previous generation of BMW 1 Series offer rear-wheel drive for added balance and driveability as well as a good level of standard interior tech.
We have a range of used BMW 1 Series hatchback cars to lease, with some on special offer such as the M140i Shadow Edition. This automatic petrol model comes with cruise control and brake assist, access to BMW Online, and variable sport steering.
03. Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen has a decades-long reputation for reliability, and this reputation has been built in part down to the success of the Golf.
A true pioneer in the market, tracing its roots back to 1974, it’s one of the most popular used hatchback cars because it offers a level of refinement and style usually found in the premium sector albeit without the big prices that usually demands.
Now in its eight generation, the 2016 refresh was dubbed the Golf 7.5 because it was so radically overhauled. This included a slightly larger yet lighter design, a 12.3″ TFT display as an option similar to the “Virtual Cockpit” found in Audi’s range, full LED lights, as well as the introduction of a highly efficient 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine.
Definitely one of the best used hatchback cars you can buy.
02. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
If luxury and some of the most cutting edge tech are top of your want list when shopping for a used hatchback, then look no further than the Mercedes A-Class.
The most recent edition of the executive hatchback was launched in 2018 and is only just now starting to have its impact felt in the used car market. It has one of the most modern and comfortable interiors you’ll find in the hatchback segment, all boosted by some luxury tech such as intuitive voice command and augmented reality navigation depending on the spec.
Whether on the road or motorway, it’s a refined yet sporty ride. In our opinion, the A-Class is the perfect all-rounder.
01. Ford Fiesta
While others in this list maybe offer more tech, and others offer more size, and others offer a more luxurious interior, the fact of the matter is the Ford Fiesta was the UK’s best selling car for seven years (finally being replaced by the Vauxhall Corsa in 2021).
The benefit of the Fiesta being such a big seller for so many years is that you’re spoilt for choice on the used market, with a variety of engines from economical to sporty on offer. There’s also a style for everyone too, from the sporty ST-Line and rugged Active to upmarket Vignale.
No matter which engine or style you choose, every single derivative is an exciting and engaging drive with the right amount of tech to not overwhelm including Bluetooth and DAB.
Our used car quality and reliability guarantee
Before you lease any of our cars they must pass a comprehensive 275-point check: this ensures our used cars are as good as new when they get to you.
On top of that, we offer Hippo Protect – our all-in-one stress-free approach to motoring which includes a lifetime warranty, annual servicing and breakdown cover.
Want to know more about what we check as part of our pre-purchase inspection? Check out this behind the scenes video from our prep centre: