The common hatchback is known for its practicality, affordability and great economy. However, Britain’s most popular car can often have a saturated market - you don’t have to drive far before you see a hatchback in your rear mirror.

Luckily manufacturers don’t limit drivers to just regular hatchbacks. Sports or sporty hatchbacks, often preceded as premium or luxury, are as popular as ever, but what makes them different?

In theory, there is very little to determine where the hatchback line ends and the line for a sports hatchback begins. Both manufacturers and car buyers have developed the name, seeing a desire for sportier hatchbacks answered. 

You can find the main difference in the performance led trims, enhanced specifications and a stylish design, both inside and out. Let’s find out what the best sporty hatchbacks on the market today can offer.


Audi A3

The new Audi A3 leaves little to be desired, especially if you’re opting for the higher spec. trims.

With five to choose from, it’s not until you get to the Sport trim that you begin to associate the name with the vehicle.

Performance & Style

A 2.0 TDI Quattro sitting on top of 18” alloy wheels in a Nano grey or Tango red will definitely catch the eye of those seeking both style and substance.


Sitting behind the multi-functional sports steering wheel in rallye cloth sports seats boasts ultimate comfort. MMI control with smartphone automation and dashboard navigation complete the interior.


Dependent on the trim, you can get a new Audi with one of our finance options. If you want to find out more about our Audi A3 deals then leave contact us today.

 Audi A3 Hatchback


BMW 1 Series 

With an athletic style, luxury interior and efficient engine, the new BMW 1 Series might surprise some with its impressive features.

From the economical 118i SE to the powerful xDrive M Sport, the 1 series range can cater for everyone’s needs.

Performance and Specs

The happy medium between the low and top end models sits the 118i Sport 3-door Sports Hatch. The sport trim is available in ECO, PRO, Comfort and Sport driving modes, getting to 60 seconds in just 8.5 seconds. However this doesn’t compromise emissions or fuel economy with an impressive 53.3 MPG.

Design, Style and Technology

On the outside, this stylish sporty hatchback is available in 10 metallic colours ranging from black sapphire to midnight blue. The interior is equally impressive with Dakota leather sports seats and a media package incorporating BMW professional multimedia.


Starting from just £239 per month the new BMW 1 Series is not only strong in performance and elegant in style but also extremely affordable. Starting from £24,300 or just £239 per month you won’t break the bank driving this great sporty hatchback.

 BMW 1 series hatchback



The new SEAT Leon SC is the definition of a sporty hatchback with unique style, low running costs and a fantastic driving experience.

Performance and Specs

Performance is everything with the Leon, a top speed of 121 mph, 60 of which can be achieved in an exciting 9.8 seconds.

The top spec allows you to control the car with 6 speed DSG auto 2.0 TDI engine and transmission, keeping the car both easy and fun to drive. Depending on your preference, there are multiple driving packs to choose from including the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) package. 

Design, Style and Technology

Much like other ‘sportbacks’ on the market, the SEAT Leon shows off its innovation both inside and out. When equipped with a SEAT Technology pack the Leon includes full LED headlights, a top navigation system and keyless entry and go functionality.

Professional leather or Alcantara sports seats can be matched with premium external aesthetics. 18” titanium alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and exclusive FR styling make for the ultimate sports hatchback.


With a price as low as £239, the Leon is extremely reasonable and well worth the money. While finance options help break the payment down, you can purchase the car outright for a little over £20,000.

 Seat Leon Hatchback



So there are just a few examples of the best sporty hatchbacks on the market today, highlighting the key components that make them so desirable. 

Nothing is compromised with these impressive compact cars even with their added torque, stylish trims and advanced technology.

If you want to find out more about sports hatchbacks then contact us and speak to one of our qualified car experts.

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