X-Small hatchbacks

If you want a tidy, fuel-efficient car that's easy to park and has room for a few friends and all your stuff, it's hard to beat a little hatchback. The diminutive size of these models belies their impressive versatility.
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2022 Kia Rio
Redesigned in 2018

Kia Rio

MSRP
$17,390
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
36


Small hatchbacks

Small hatchbacks range from practical economy cars to entry-level luxury vehicles, offering a range of features and price points. Many are variants of small sedans with a healthy dose of added cargo space.
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Redesigned in 2022

Honda Civic

MSRP
$23,550 - $30,050
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 35
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Redesigned in 2019

Mazda 3

MSRP
$23,100 - $34,750
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 29
3
Redesigned in 2017

MINI Clubman

MSRP
$29,900 - $39,500
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
26



Hot hatches

The hot-hatch formula is as simple as it is appealing. You start with a sensible small hatchback, add significant power and handling upgrades, and throw in extra style for good measure. What's not to like?
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Redesigned in 2022

Volkswagen Golf R

MSRP
$44,090 - $44,890
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
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Redesigned in 2022

Volkswagen Golf GTI

MSRP
$29,880 - $39,130
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
28
3
Redesigned in 2019

Hyundai Veloster N

MSRP
$32,500 - $34,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 25



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FAQ

What are the best hatchbacks on the market?

Shoppers looking for a car that's big on practicality and frugal on gas should check out or top-rated extra-small hatchback, the Kia Rio. Its amazing versatility and park-anywhere footprint make it a top pick. For a little bit more space and a little bit more fun, our top-rated small hatchback is Volkswagen Golf R. With some sportier engine options, this car can be both useful and entertaining. Learn more

What is the top-rated hatchback for 2019?

The redesigned Hyundai Veloster was introduced in 2019, and became our top-rated hatchback for its fun-to-drive character, unique design, and useful cargo space. With multiple powertrain and trim options, including the aggressive Veloster N, it offers plenty of choices for buyers. The Honda Fit also remained a top-rated hatchback for the year because of its incredible cargo versatility. Learn more

What is the top-rated hatchback for 2018?

In 2018, our top-rated hatchback picks were the Honda Fit and Kia Forte. The extra-small Fit offers both standard active safety features and an adaptable cabin capable of storing a surprising amount of cargo. The Kia Forte offers a larger trunk space with the second row in place, lots of technology and comfort features, and more powerful engine options. Learn more

What are the best used hatchbacks to buy?

Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used hatchbacks. Among lightly used extra-small hatchbacks likely to be available via CPO programs, we like the Honda Fit. If you need a little more passenger space, the Kia Forte is a good choice. Learn more

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