Small family hatchbacks are designed to be all the car you and your family will ever need. Our list features cars from a range of manufacturers - from premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, to those associated with value like Hyundai and Kia. There's a strong showing from cars based on the Volkswagen Group's new MQB platform - with the Mk7 Golf, SEAT Leon and Audi A3 all making the top ten.
Cars in this segment are likely to be subjected to a range of duties - from being used as an urban runaround to shipping the whole family on holiday with enough room to accommodate up to five people and their luggage. A family hatch needs to be capable on the motorway, too, as these cars are popular amongst company car buyers.
With this in mind, price, mpg and overall running costs are incredibly important for potential buyers. Most models in this class have a host of efficient petrol and diesel engines to choose from that shouldn't cost the earth to run.
Standard kit is also a priority because buyers are likely to be spending a lot of time behind the wheel and will want plenty of gadgets and technology to play with. Thankfully, modern hatches are available with a range of tech options that features on much more expensive and luxurious cars.
Being a good all-rounder doesn't have to make a car boring, though. There are many stylish, fun models in this class. There's bound to be something to suit the tastes of every buyer. There are comprehensive warranty and servicing deals available, too, ensuring reliability and further reductions in running costs.
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