Hatchback sports cars

If you need a fun car with a little added practicality, why not consider one of these fantastic sports cars, complete with handy hatchbacks?

Sam Naylor
Jul 31, 2021

Sports cars are all about having fun, enjoying the drive and having a car that looks great - but sometimes you need to sacrifice quite a bit of practicality in order to have one on the drive.

However, there are some models that have an added touch of usability thanks to a hatchback boot opening, which allows for a larger boot space, easier loading of big bits of luggage, plus access to items from within the cabin.

A hatchback car can take many forms, as you’ll see below with the many different shapes and sizes of sports car - but they all have one thing in common. They have a larger boot opening, usually with a rear windscreen incorporated into the hatchback.

The door lifts up so you can access the storage area, which isn’t cut off from the rest of the cabin - it’s all part of the same interior. Some hatchback sports cars have four seats, in which case the rear seats can be folded down for extra storage, but most have just two seats, and you can reach through to the boot area from there.

All this means they’re much more practical than sports cars that have a separate boot, whether that’s in the front or back, that you need to exit the car to access. Those types of sports car tend to have smaller boots, too.

All the models we’ve listed below have hatchback boots, but there are options for all kinds of drivers, too. No matter whether you want the ultimate in driving fun, a practical car that looks sporty or anything in between, there’s something for you here.

Best hatchback sports cars

We’ve also catered for a range of budgets in our choices, although the nature of sports cars means that they tend to hold their value quite well. This means that when you’re picking up a second-hand model, you’ll have to shell out a bit more cash initially, but you’ll get more money back when you come to sell, too.

Alternatively, if you go for PCP finance, you can expect cars that hold their value well like these, to come with lower monthly payments, as how much the car is worth at the end of the contract is just as important in setting the payments as the initial price.

This means there are few newish options below £10,000 - although if you are prepared to go for an older car, there are lots of excellent models. We’ve stuck to cars that are less than five years old for this article, which means all are available on BuyaCar right now and should last for many years to come. Read on to find out about our favourite hatchback sports cars.

1. Porsche Cayman

Best hatchback sports car for drivers

Used deals from £34,000
Monthly finance from £453*

The Porsche Cayman is one of the finest handling sports cars ever built, and while it’s one of the less practical hatchback sports cars, it’s the best choice for anyone who loves driving. The best versions are the six-cylinder cars - either an older model or the newer GTS 4.0 - as these produce a rich, musical engine sound, but even the four-cylinder turbocharged versions are sublime to drive.

The Cayman has the engine behind the two seats, which really limits its boot space, but there’s still room for a few bags under the hatchback door. There are 275 litres available in the back, and there’s also a small boot in the front - since there’s no engine there. Combine the two spaces and there's a lot of luggage room, but this works best if you want to carry lots of small things, rather than a few big things, as fitting larger bits of luggage in can be a challenge.

What you choose the Cayman for is the driving experience, though. The steering is among the best in any modern car, the ride is smooth but firm enough to keep body roll under control and there’s loads of grip through corners. Performance is fantastic in all versions, and the screaming engines in the six-cylinder models are lots of fun to use.

2. Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Best hatchback sports car for style

Used deals from £34,995
Monthly finance from £502*

If you want a sports car for its stylish looks, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe is a brilliant choice. Its hatchback boot fits the bill here, and it has a 407-litre boot, which is pretty good considering its stunning exterior design.

The F-Type is fun to drive too, and performance is strong from all of the engine options. The four-cylinder model handles corners well, but the V6 and V8 models with their larger engines, sound so good that you’ll probably want one of those instead.

The F-Type’s interior is smart but feels a little bit cramped and the materials could be higher-quality, and the media system is a bit fiddly to use. Yet none of that matters when you’re enjoying a drive in this great-looking, great-sounding and great-handling coupe.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi TT

Best hatchback sports car for choice

Used deals from £14,790
Monthly finance from £266*

The Audi TT is one of the most versatile cars on this list when it comes to the options you have when buying. It’s been around for decades, so there are older models to choose from if you are limited on budget, but even with the newest version, you have a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with a range of power outputs.

There’s everything from the frugal ‘Ultra’ model that gets impressive fuel economy up to the mad TT RS that has a really powerful five-cylinder petrol engine that sounds like a supercar. The hatchback boot means that all are pretty practical, with 305 litres of boot space available and two small rear seats suitable for kids. You can also fold the rear seats down to more than double the load space.

The TT is stylish and affordable, good to drive, comfortable and has a stunning interior that easily matches the exterior design. The digital display instead of traditional dials behind the steering wheel looks very modern and works really well, plus it includes sat-nav and even smartphone connectivity.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

4. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Best hatchback sports car for long trips

Used deals from £15,400
Monthly finance from £281*

Let’s take a look at some more practical options. Not every sports car has to be a low-slung, two-seater coupe, and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a great example. The 430i model is probably the one to go for in terms of sportiness, but if you don’t mind about performance then the 420d diesel is frugal and affordable.

The Gran Coupe model has a hatchback boot and 480 litres of boot space, which is plenty for family life, and since it has rear doors as well, it’s one of the most practical options available. This BMW looks less overtly sporty than most of the cars here, but don’t be fooled - it still drives brilliantly.

The 4 Series has a very sporty driving position, a range of excellent engines that deliver strong performance, lots of grip, and best of all it’s really comfortable and easy to drive on long trips. It’s a great option for those who want a car that’s sporty and fun, but also has room for the whole family and some luggage.

2014-2021 BMW 4 SERIES GRAN COUPE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Audi A5 Sportback

Best hatchback sports car for practicality

Used deals from £13,999
Monthly finance from £276*

The Audi A5 Sportback is an alternative to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and since it has the same boot space at 480 litres, plus the hatchback boot format, it’s similarly practical. Yet the Audi trades away some driving enjoyment for comfort and usability.

It’s not as sharp to drive as the BMW, but it makes up for that with chiselled looks and a sublime interior. It’s very upmarket inside and built to a high standard using excellent materials. It looks a lot more expensive than it is, and there’s lots of room inside, so it makes a very appealing sporty family car.

It’s available with a range of engines, from frugal diesels up to some more powerful petrols. We’d recommend the diesels here as the A5 is less about sporty driving and more about sporty style, practicality and comfort. The A5 is also available with four-wheel drive, so it’s great for those in rural areas who are planning to drive it all year round and would value a little extra grip for dealing with slippery roads.

AUDI A5 SPORTBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Nissan 370Z

Best hatchback sports car for dependability

Used deals from £23,998
Monthly finance from £391*

The Nissan 370Z offers something unique as a current hatchback sports car. It’s either pleasingly old school or decidedly old fashioned depending on how you look at it. Driving enthusiasts will see a classic design that uses a brilliant 3.7-litre V6 engine to deliver thrills and driving fun.

However, if you’re looking for a comfortable daily sports car then the 370Z isn’t as good a choice. The engine needs to be worked hard to get the best performance, and the controls are heavy. It’s also quite harsh over bumps as a result of the sporty suspension.

The 370Z also isn’t very practical, with an awkward 235-litre boot under the hatchback door and only two seats in the cramped cabin. The 370Z enjoys a loyal following for its brilliant engine, stylish looks and old school driving experience, though, and there’s really nothing else like it in the modern car market.

NISSAN 370Z BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Toyota Supra

Best hatchback sports car for making an entrance

Used deals from £42,500
Monthly finance from £569*

If you want a sports car that stands out from the crowd, the Toyota Supra has got to be it. It’s a radical-looking sports car with a long bonnet and a fantastic six-cylinder engine under the bonnet that brings incredible performance and is actually a BMW unit.

It’s also brilliant to drive and comes with loads of excellent modern technology in the cabin. The Supra is a hatchback and has 290 litres of boot space, which is decent for this kind of car and you can easily reach into the boot from the two front seats.

The Supra’s dramatic looks are one of the biggest selling points but its excellent driving experience and super-smooth engine add plenty to its appeal as a sports car. It’s still quite new and prices haven’t dropped by much, but the five-year warranty and low sale volumes will mean it won’t lose value quickly. This is good news if you plan to buy the car, as you'll get a larger amount back than you might expect, when you sell it. Alternatively, you should be able to take advantage of relatively low monthly payments for the value of the car, if you go for PCP finance.

TOYOTA SUPRA BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Kia Stinger GTS

Best hatchback sports car for value for money

Used deals Limited stock

The Kia Stinger came with normal petrol and diesel engines from launch, but it’s the V6-engined GTS model that we’re looking at here. It’s a car many will have forgotten about but it’s well worth remembering because it’s brilliant value for money.

It has a 406-litre boot and a useful five-door body but under the skin lies a fantastic sports car that’s easily a match for BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupe when it comes to driving enjoyment. The six-cylinder engine sounds great and delivers strong performance, while the control weights for the steering and pedals, along with the driving position are excellent.

This Kia is packed with technology too, and combines a comfortable ride that makes it a good long-distance cruiser with plentiful grip and composure on twisty roads. Some drivers might be put off by the Kia badge but the Stinger is a fantastic sports car and the low used prices don’t do it justice - it’s well worth checking out, especially as Kias come with seven-year manufacturer warranties, meaning that four-year-old models have the same amount of warranty left as a typical brand new car has from the start.

KIA STINGER BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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