12 Most Handsome Hatchbacks Ever Built

Here in the good ole’ U.S. of A., we’re not partial to favor the hatchback market (not to be confused with “fastbacks” like the Mustang). It’s sort of a love/hate relationship with the quirky little cars. But elsewhere in the world, hatchbacks have been embraced since the dawn of time. And they’ve quickly grown to become a staple in the European market.

Looking to the past, as well as at our current range of hatchbacks, there are lot of fetching options. We were curious though, what are some of the prettiest hatchbacks of all time?

12. AMC Gremlin

Go ahead, laugh it up. But take a look back at the American hatchback industry in the early 1970s and you’ll see that the Gremlin was a bold and radical design compared to the mostly tame Pinto and Vega. Also, it didn’t explode as much. Designed by AMC engineer Bob Nixon, the Gremlin sat on a shortened Hornet platform and boasted a Kammback-type tail.

11. Toyota AE86

Today, we mostly associate the Corolla with the efficient, best selling sedan, but back in the mid-80s, it was a different story. The AE86 was a gorgeous box of Japanese hatch and it even inspired the Scion FR-S that we know and love today.

10. Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The first newcomer on our list travels to us from the far east. Hyundai introduced the Veloster in 2011, with the hopped-up Veloster turbo coming only a year later. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 201-hp does come with a bit of giddy-up, but it’s that unique wedge-back shape and the lovable three-door layout that really keeps us interested.


In 1965, MG along with Pininfarina were credited with producing the world’s “first volume-production sportscar so equipped [with a hatchback].” The revolutionary new designed lasted for 15 years before the GT was taken off the market for good.

8. Volkswagen Beetle

Everyone’s favorite bug is also one of our favorite hatchbacks of all time (note: we understand the original was not actually a true “hatchback”). Developed back in 1938, the Beetle was considered by some as the blueprint for some of the modern hatchbacks we see today. Although, that rounded bubble shape would leave some in disagreement.

Today, the Beetle lives on with a handsome new set of lines courtesy of Volkswagen, and a range of new engines. Still, that shape is what gets you.

7. Citroen DS3 Racing

In 2010, French automaker Citroen revealed their performance-inspired DS3 at the Geneva Motor Show. The well-equipped hot-hatch comes with 207-horses and a choice of two color combinations: white with grey racing stripes, or grey with orange racing stripes. Take that, subtlety.


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