Hatchbacks under $25k
These days, a modest budget of $25k will net you an abundance of choice when it comes to small hatchbacks. Whether you’re shopping in the micro, light or small hatch class, manufacturers are driving as much space and technology as possible into a small body, resulting in a package that delivers beyond the sum of its parts.
Price is the ultimate factor in the sub-$25k category so while you mightn’t receive all the fancy accoutrements or quality materials everywhere, what you do get is a versatile and efficient vehicle that represents good value.
The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo moved the light hatchback category on so far, it almost eclipses its VW Golf stablemate. Narrowly missing out on winning Wheels’ Car of the Year in 2018, the Volkswagen Polo features an expansive interior and high levels of tech for its modest price.
Sizing up from the VW Polo light hatch and you could find yourself in the well-renowned Hyundai i30 small hatchback. It is comfortable, has up-to-date technology with smartphone integration and features a number of strong engine choices.
The Toyota Corolla is a world favourite for a reason. With the latest generation boasting excellent ride and handling combined with a punchy 2.0-litre engine, it has transformed itself from dreary has-been into an engaging small hatchback.
Priced from $15,990, the Suzuki Swift packs a lot of driver appeal into a short, lightweight hatchback bringing fun to your commute. It also punches above its price grade for build, ride and smartphone integration.
The Mazda 2 is a handsome light hatch package that combines a fuel efficient engine and fun dynamics. It also receives quality plastics and pleasantly tactile interior finishes which is unique for its price range.