Hatchbacks are nearly as popular as CUV's these days. That back liftgate just can't be beaten. Especially for easy loading after a long day of shopping. Hatchbacks are generally peppier than CUV's and more fun to drive, too. But what about luxury? Lots of people don't want to give up luxury for a fun little hatchback. Well, luxury car manufacturers heard the message loud and clear and have answered with a nice selection of luxury hatchbacks. Find out which models are worthy of your test-drive short list with the answers to questions that you may have.
Is there a Porsche hatchback?
The Panamera is technically a hatchback, although Porsche doesn't market it as such. All models have a hatchback opening, even the trims that look like sedans. The sedan-style base trim has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, but, if you fold the back seat down, there are 47.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Starting price for the base Panamera is $85,000. The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo looks like a hatchback. It has 18.3 cubic feet of room in the back with the seat up and 49 cubic feet with the seat folded flat. Starting price for the 4 Sport Turismo is $96,200.
Does BMW make a luxury hatchback?
There are multiple BMW hatchbacks, but the 3-series and the BMW i3 are the best. The 5-Series Gran Turismo hatchback is a very nice, luxury hatchback, but BMW discontinued it. 2017 will be the last year for that hatchback, for now.
The BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo is one of the best luxury hatchbacks available. The 2018 model isn't quite as great as previous years, but it is still one fine luxury hatchback. There is a total of 56.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the Gran Turismo. Base MSRP for a 2018 model is $51,485. If you're interested in buying one, though, you may want to hold off until next year. The 3-series will be undergoing big changes for 2019.
The BMW i3 is a fun little eco-friendly luxury hatchback. It is a subcompact hatchback that actually looks like a hatchback and is powered by an electric motor. If you're not ready to go all-electric just yet, you can get it with both a 2-cylinder gas-powered engine and an electric motor. The all-electric model gets about 111 mpge, and the gas/electric combo model gets 79 mpge. According to the EPA, the gas/electric combo i3 can go up to 180 miles when it is fully fueled. The 2018 i3 has some nice upgrades, including wider tires, anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, dampers and a stance that is lower to the ground by almost one-half inch. All these upgrades make it a little easier to handle at low speed, but it is not built for zipping around. It is designed for people who prefer to move at a more relaxed pace. This is a surprisingly roomy hatchback that has 36.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the back seat folded down. With the seat up, though, it only has 15.1 cubic feet of space. The all-electric i3 starts out at $48,645 while the i3 electric/gas combo has a starting price of $52,495.
Does Audi sell any hatchback models?
Audi does sell high-quality, luxury hatchbacks, but they call them sportbacks. The A3 Sportback e-Tron is a luxurious, hybrid hatchback that is definitely worthy of anyone's luxury hatchback test-drive short list. The 2018 A3 Sportback e-Tron gets a combined 83 mpg-e. It isn't especially roomy, though, with only 13.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Starting MSRP for the 2018 A3 Sportback e-Tron is $39,500.
The Audi A5 and S5 Sportbacks are gas-powered hatchbacks with quite a bit more room. There is 21.8 cubic feet behind the back seat and 35 cubic feet with the back seat folded flat. The back seat is a 40/20/40 split, so you can fold down only part of it for longer items if you have a back-seat passenger. A 2018 A5 Sportback gets 24 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and has a starting price of $42,600. The sportier S5 Sportback gets 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and starts out at $54,400.
Is there a Ferrari hatchback?
Yes, there are two, four-passenger Ferrari hatchback models. These are, of course, top of the line hatchbacks for drivers who want the absolute best of both worlds. Take the longest, most deserted winding roads to the store so that you can really let loose and put this sports car through its paces. You will enjoy the ride and stow your new stuff in the easy-to-access cargo area of that beautiful, fine-tuned luxury hatchback for the exhilarating ride back home.
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T have the smallest cargo hold of the top luxury hatchbacks. With the back seat up, there are 7 cubic feet, and with the back seat folded flat, there are almost 16 cubic feet of cargo space. Starting MSRP for both models is right around $300,000, but they are well worth it if you have the means.
What's the difference? The GTC4Lusso is an all-wheel-drive car with a four-wheel steering system. It has a 6.3-L V-12 680-hp engine and gets 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The GTC4Lusso T is the slightly more eco-friendly 3.9-L 602-hp, twin-turbo V-8 powered version of the same car. It is a rear-wheel-drive hatchback that gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.