Coming soon: small and family hatchbacks

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Vauxhall Astra Mk 8 front

Small and family hatchbacks

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra Mk 8 rear

On sale Spring

A red postbox; that person who catches the same train to work; a Vauxhall Astra. If you guessed ‘things you see every day’, you’re a winner. But now there’s a new Astra that’s poised to shake up your routine, because it has the same sort of radical front end treatment as the recently launched Vauxhall Mokka small SUV.

The front grille stretches across the full width of the car, with the headlights incorporated within it. Those lights will be available with Vauxhall’s Intelli-Lux Pixel Light technology – an adaptive system that incorporates 168 LEDs and is said to automatically adjust in milliseconds to provide maximum illumination without dazzling other road users.

Vauxhall Astra Mk 8 dashboard

Those who despair at the way many cars balloon in size whenever a new model is introduced will be relieved to hear that the new Astra is just 4mm longer than its predecessor. However, the front and rear axles are now farther apart, promising improved leg room, and the boot has grown from 370 litres to 422 litres, leaving the Skoda Octavia as the only family hatchback that offers significantly more luggage space.

Up front, the new Astra features two 10.0in digital displays placed side by side, with one showing instrumentation and the other a touchscreen for infotainment functions. Fortunately, Vauxhall has retained separate switches for the air conditioning, instead of putting them on the touchscreen in the way that sister brand Peugeot does.

Vauxhall Astra Mk 8 charging

On the other hand, the engines are shared with the latest Peugeot 308; there’s a 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel with the same output. Plug-in hybrid models will also be offered, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 12.4kWh battery to offer 178bhp or 217bhp and up to 37 miles of zero-emissions running. In 2023, the line-up will expand to include a fully electric Astra-e.

The current Astra hatchback undercuts its Ford Focus rival on price, but we expect the gap to narrow with this new model. It’s likely to start at close to £22,000, rising to more than £30,000 for the plug-in hybrids.

Read our full review of the current Vauxhall Astra >>

Ford Fiesta

2022 Ford Fiesta front

On sale Spring

Ford’s big-selling small car is going to help you save money, because many of its engines are now mild hybrids, including 1.0-litre petrols in 123bhp and 153bhp forms. A new 12.3in digital instrument cluster features inside, while updated assistance and safety kit includes a new ‘wrong way alert’ that sounds an alarm if you drive the wrong way along the motorway

Read our full review of the current Ford Fiesta >>

Dacia Jogger

Dacia Jogger 2022 front

On sale Spring

The Dacia Jogger is based on the same underpinnings as the Dacia Sandero small car, but it has more space between its front and rear wheels to maximise space inside. It offers up to seven seats, with the third row able to be removed when not in use, increasing boot space. A 108bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine is likely to be the most popular choice in the UK

Toyota Aygo X

Toyota Aygo X 2022 front studio

On sale Spring

The Toyota Aygo city car is morphing into the Toyota Aygo X baby SUV, gaining chunky looks and a raised ride height to make it appeal to a wider spectrum of buyers. Based on the same underpinnings as the Toyota Yaris small hatchback, it will be offered with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that returns up to 60mpg in official fuel economy tests. Prices are expected to start at around £16,000.

Read our full review of the current Toyota Aygo >>

Ford Focus

2022 Ford Focus front

On sale Spring

Upgrades coming to Ford’s big-selling family car include the addition of LED lights as standard, plus chunkier bumpers. New mild hybrid petrol engine options should help to lower your fuel bills, because they officially return up to 53.3mpg. A new 12.4in infotainment touchscreen features inside, while digital dials are now standard on all models.

Read our full review of the current Ford Focus >>

Honda Civic

2022 Honda Civic front

On sale Autumn

Honda’s family hatchback takes on a more conventional look for its 11th generation and will be offered exclusively as a hybrid. This is the same set-up as that used in the smaller Honda Jazz, with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. Inside, there’s more leg room for rear passengers, plus a new infotainment touchscreen. Prices should start from £23k.

Volkswagen Multivan 2022 front left tracking

On sale Spring

If you need to move a lot of people and luggage but also want to save money on running costs, the new Multivan has you in mind. It’s a plug-in hybrid and can travel for up to 31 miles (officially) without using a drop of fuel. There’s also a 1.4-litre petrol engine, and the combined 215bhp of the system makes this people mover feel pleasantly fast.

Read our full Volkswagen Multivan review >>

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