A hatchback refers to small utilitarian car type that features an upward opening hatch door type that is hinged at the level of its roof and has a small boot (trunk).
Most have a two-box design (like station wagons) where there is a shared interior volume for cargo and passengers when compared with sedans for instance.
To visualize them, think of the Nissan Tiida, Toyota Vitz or Ractis, Renault Kwid, Kia Forte, Hyundai i10, Maruti Alto among others we are going to mention.
Excluding the rear door, most hatchbacks feature four doors. However, you can find some with two doors such as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and the MINI Cooper S 3 Door.
These vehicles should not be confused with large luxury cars, SUVs and sports cars whose doors open upwards. They are characteristically small and short.
Finally, to create more space for cargo, their rear seats can be folded down and most have means to cover or keep cargo in place such as a rigid shelf that is removable or roll-up tonneau cover for cargo.
Common Hatchbacks for sale in Kenya
If you are considering buying a hatchback car in Kenya, you will be spoiled for choice since there are many brands and models available.
You could for Nissan brands where you will have options such as Nissan Tiida, Nissan Note, Nissan Juke, Nissan Versa, Nissan Porte, Nissan March, among others.
Also, Toyota has a considerable number including the Toyota Passo, Toyota Sienta, Toyota Ractis, Toyota Vitz, Toyota Auris. Others such as Toyota Dualis, Porte, IST, Aqua, and BB are also a good choice.
Besides these two popular brands, other options you can go for include the Mitsubishi RVR, Daihatsu Esse, Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf, Suzuki Alto, Kia Forte, BMW X1 sDrive28i, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Mazda Demio, Mazda Axela, Mitsubishi Colt (not the sedan one), Mini Cooper, Honda Freed among many others.
Where to buy it?
If you want any of these vehicles, go to various dealerships in case you want new ones or check on several online classified car sites such as Cheki.co.ke, kenyacarbazaar.com, pigiame.co.ke, gigimotors.co.ke, olx.co.ke and so on.