Coming soon: small and family hatchbacks

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2021 and beyond...

2021 Citroen C4 front

Small and family hatchbacks

Citroën C4

On sale January 2021

This replacement for the C4 Cactus has SUV-inspired looks and employs the same mechanicals as the latest Peugeot 208, meaning turbo petrol and diesel engines and a fully electric variant; you can expect a range of around 200 miles from the latter. Citroën is also placing an even greater emphasis than usual on ride quality and interior comfort.

DS 4

DS 4 prototype front

On sale Early 2021

The second-generation DS 4 will be a more conventional looking car than today's model, and is designed to go head to head with the Mercedes A-Class prestige hatchback. It will also spawn an SUV variant to take on the Mercedes GLA.

Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia front

On sale Early 2021

The Fabia will no longer feel like a poor relation of the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo as it moves onto their newer underpinnings. This should make it better to drive than the current model, with more space in its all-new interior. The Fabia will continue with its three-cylinder petrol engines, none of them hybridised in order to keep costs down.

Suzuki Swace

Suzuki Swace front

On sale December 2020

If the Swace looks familiar, that's not surprising, because it's a rebadged and subtly restyled version of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports family estate. Power will come from the Corolla's 1.8-litre hybrid engine, which produces a modest 120bhp, but emits as little as 99g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen Golf Estate

2021 Volkswagen Golf Estate front

On sale Summer 2021

The Swace will face competition from a new Golf Estate, which can fit 611 litres of luggage in its boot – slightly more than the closely related Skoda Octavia Estate. Engines are carried over from the Golf hatchback, with a 1.5-litre petrol mild hybrid joined by a smaller 1.0-litre petrol, a regular 1.5-litre petrol, and a 2.0-litre diesel in two states of tune. Expect prices to start at about £26,000.

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