Best 2012 hatchback car model this year

 

By Posted 4 Oct 2011, 10:56

It was only last week when we discussed which 2012 model cars you should and should not purchase, so now we thought we would take a look at what hatchback model is the best this year. However, upon further investigation, it’s not as simple as that. In some categories there are a few standout models, but with hatchbacks there are just too many good ones, so here are just a handful that you should consider.

The first is the ever-popular Ford Focus, which has been doing well in Europe for years, but has now started to emulate that success across the pond. The model that you should choose has to be the 2012 Ford Focus ST. There is a sedan version, but we feel that it lacks something when compared to the hatchback. The 2.0-liter engine produces 246hp, but that’s thanks to the turbo that Ford has kindly supplied.

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Next we have the 2012 Chevrolet Spark. The carmaker has been doing very well in the small car segment, and the Spark shows that they are not just committed to large sedans. There are a number of engine versions, but you are advised to go with the turbocharged version, as the standard engine will feel a little bit gutless.

The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is yet another small hatchback on this list, but choosing the right version is tough, as there have been so many. Again, if you want a little more power, then you should hold station, as a more powerful Abarth sports will soon be released to the market.

For those who want a hatchback for its looks, then you should go with the 2012 Hyundai Veloster. We have discussed this car on a number of occasions, and a recent test drive proved very positive. The design is audacious, which is just what we like, as we cannot stand things being too predictable.

What other 2012 hatchback cars should be on this list?