Coming soon: small and family hatchbacks

Our ultimate guide to the new models coming in the second half of 2021 and beyond, plus how much you can save on their predecessors...

2021 Peugeot 308 front

Small and family hatchbacks

Ford Focus | Early 2022

2021 Ford Focus spy shots

The big-selling Ford Focus is due for a mid-life refresh to help it stay competitive next to the Volkswagen Golf and class-leading Seat Leon. To that end, it will get a new front-end design with a smaller grille and more futuristic angular headlight and tail light designs. There's no information yet on updates to the engines, but the core of the range is likely to remain the 1.0-litre petrol, likely including fuel-saving mild hybrid technology. The interior will only receive a subtle makeover, with a larger infotainment screen and increased connectivity.

2021 Peugeot 308 front

Having revamped much of its range over the past few years, Peugeot now comes to its family hatchback, and has given it a bold look similar to that of the latest Peugeot 208 small hatchback. Alongside its increased style, this 308 gets plug-in hybrid power with an electric-only range of up to 37 miles. Inside, you'll find Peugeot's now-familiar i-Cockpit layout – which has you looking over the steering wheel at the instrument panel, rather than through it, plus a boot which is comfortably larger than most rivals.

2021 Seat Ibiza front

The Ibiza is already a cracking choice in the small car market, and new updates should make it even more compelling. On the outside, LED headlights and tail lights are now standard, while three new alloy wheel designs are available alongside new paint colours to help you stand out from the crowd. Inside, the car's infotainment screen has grown up to 9.2in depending on trim, while top-end models now come with digital instruments.

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Skoda Fabia | October 2021

2021 Skoda Fabia front

It might not have changed dramatically on the outside, but rest assured that this new Skoda Fabia is safer, cleverer and more spacious than ever before. Its boot now out-matches the big-selling Ford Fiesta, there's a new 10.25in digital instrument cluster which can put the sat-nav map directly in front of you, and while there are no electrified engine options, the conventional engines which are available are very clean indeed. As always with the Fabia, its price should remain pleasing to your wallet, with this new model expected to start from around £15,000.

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Toyota Aygo | Late 2022

2021 Toyota Aygo X

While the current Toyota Aygo shares much with its Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 siblings, Toyota is going it alone with this new model. While its styling is expected to be toned down from the Aygo X concept car pictured here, the new small hatchback should still be eye-catching, and most models are likely to be powered by an updated version of the current Aygo's 1.0-litre petrol engine. In time, we expect a hybrid model to join the range, using the same 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor as the latest Yaris.

Vauxhall Astra Mk 8 front

Sporting a bold new look which echoes the latest Mokka small SUV, this all-new Astra will be available as a plug-in hybrid which can travel for up to 37 miles on electric power alone. It won't be launched as a fully electric car, though, and will share a range of conventional petrol and diesel engines with the new Peugeot 308, with which it also shares its underpinnings. There's a big upgrade inside, with two 10in screens displaying driving information and infotainment and more space for people and luggage.

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