Small hatches hold out against SUV onslaught
Australians are buying SUVs in record numbers but there is still plenty of love for the humble hatchback, with small cars under $40,000 dominating new-car sales charts.
The segment includes the three most popular passenger cars – the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Hyundai i30 – with the Kia Cerato and Volkswagen Golf also among the top 20 small cars.
It’s also a way to get into European car ownership, via mainstream models such as the Golf, Skoda Octavia, Holden Astra, Renault Megane and Peugeot 308 or premium marques including the Audi A1, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
That said, even the most affordable small cars are now available with many of the features that used to be the exclusive domain of pricier hatches, including highly efficient powertrains, sophisticated infotainment systems and advanced driver assistance technology such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB).