If you don't travel vast distances or need to venture off the beaten track that often, chances are you don't really need an SUV. Hatchbacks have long been a staple of the motoring diet in Ireland and the current crop includes some really great automobiles. Over time these models have grown a little in size both inside and outside, but their driving dynamics and refinement have also been greatly improved upon. Here's our pick of the best hatchbacks currently on sale in Ireland.
1 - Opel Astra
Over its many generations the Opel Astra has matured into a very good all-round hatchback. Beneath its subtly stylish exterior lies a automobile that handles and performs as well as the best in the segment while still offering a good value-for-money proposition. It features OnStar online services too.
2 - Volkswagen Golf
For so long this has been the benchmark in the hatchback segment. Its evergreen styling gives it appeal to such a wide audience and with the choice of three body styles and almost every possible engine and hybrid option it's easy to see why it is such a household name.
3 - Skoda Octavia
The silhouette of the Skoda Octavia might say saloon, but its hatchback opening means it offers even greater levels of practicality. Skoda has gained a reputation for spacious automobiles and the Octavia is no different. You can choose from front- or all-wheel-drive models along with faster RS versions.
4 - SEAT Leon
It's very hard to ignore the SEAT Leon. With its stylish design, value-orientated pricing and the fact that it shares a lot on the mechanical side with the Volkswagen Golf, the Leon can be a wise purchase. Revamped for 2017, it is one automobile that is well worth consideration.
5 - Toyota Prius
You will either love or hate the look of the Toyota Prius, but before you decide, it's worth noting that this latest generation is a revelation to drive. Its handling is every bit as impressive as its new hybrid system, which can deliver some impressive economy results along urban driving routes.