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Best used hatchbacks of 2024

The humble hatchback has always made for a great family car, thanks to a clever combination of compact proportions, a usefully spacious interior, comfortable cruising manners and an ability to really put a smile on your face on a twisty country road. Owing to their incredible popularity, there are plenty of used hatchbacks cars that you can score an absolute deal on on the second hand market. Here, we take a look at some of the best used hatchbacks around.

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Volkswagen Golf

1. Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf review
Ford Focus

2. Ford Focus

Ford Focus review
Audi A3 Sportback (2016-2020)

3. Audi A3

Audi A3 Sportback (2016-2020) review
BMW 1 Series

4. BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series review
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018-2023)

5. Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018-2023) review
Battery range up to 40 miles
Skoda Octavia

6. Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia review
Battery range up to 49 miles
Toyota Corolla

7. Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla review
Mazda 3

8. Mazda 3

Mazda 3 review
SEAT Leon (2013-2020)

9. SEAT Leon

SEAT Leon (2013-2020) review
Kia Ceed

10. Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed review

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The main things to take into account here are whether a car’s service history is intact, and if everything is running as it should be. Hatchbacks aren’t the largest cars on the road, so you should make sure to find one that has plenty of room in the second row if you’re planning on carrying adult passengers regularly (trust us, some models are much better than others).

It might be a touch smaller (and older) than a lot of the cars included in this list, but in terms of outright reliability the previous-generation Honda Jazz (on sale from 2007 to 2020) is an absolute winner. Warrantywise awarded it a reliability score of 93.7% in 2022, with the average repair cost coming in at £424.31. Not bad. Toyota also has an excellent reputation for building reliable cars, while if you keep your car serviced by a Toyota dealer, a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty applies; this makes the Corolla easy to recommend if you're after something dependable that won't break the bank if it goes wrong.

Some cars are always better than others, and while all of the cars on this list would make a solid used purchase, you’re probably best to avoid the likes of the MG 3, the Mitsubishi Mirage, and the Fiat 500X. All suffer from so-so interiors, underpowered engines and an average-at-best driving experience.