Hatchbacks are compact and often fun to drive, making them an ideal first car or suitable for those with families. Here we will consider the best hatchbacks from French and German manufacturers, to discover which is truly the best looking car for under £5000.
A pleasure to drive the dinky C2 has bags of cheeky charm. First time drivers will be at ease with its 1.1 petrol engine it can motor along at a decent pace and its small size will make it easier to handle. Bear in mind that the rear seating is a little confined so young children and those who do not mind squashing in will cope better than full sized adults.
The quirkiest, coolest hatchback on the market until it was discontinued in 2010, the 206 benefits from a wide range of options when it comes to engines and interiors. The base models can be a little dull, which is to be expected, but if you find a good used example of the 1.1 LX then you will be looking at a really good little car.
French firm Renault’s best loved car for many years is the Clio despite its small size. It is arguably one of the most comfortable hatchbacks around and although the handling is not as precise or tactile as alternatives, a typical model will be better equipped and cheaper to run.
While it may lack the flare and style of the Clio there are many other reasons to choose it, including the particularly sparing diesel engines in certain models. The Polo is more about comfort than thrills, and the supple suspension provides a compliant ride in both town and on faster roads.
In terms of prestige it is difficult to find a hatchback that has more presence than the A3. This means that you will pay more for it than you might a French car of equivalent spec, but for some the extra cost will be worth it. The driving experience is what puts it in a league of its own and the only real negative side is that buying and running one can be a little more costly than some would like.
The Golf is the main rival to the Audi A3, with a drive and prestige level that almost matches it. It can be cheaper to buy, a little more reliable and is still able to retain its value thanks to its popularity.
A Good Looking Hatchback Car Under £5000 from Eddie Wright!
What should become clear is that if you want affordability and style a French hatchback might well be the way to go. Those who prefer a great driving experience and reliability will be better off in a German car, provided that they are comfortable with the higher associated costs for buying and running it.
At Eddie Wright, we’re proud to offer the full range of hatchbacks both available at cheaper than £5,000 and some more premium hatchback models. You can browse the specific ranges by clicking the links in the sentence prior or head to our homepage and start your search from scratch!