The 5 Best Hatchbacks Available For Under £250 Per Month

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Hatchbacks are quite possibly the most versatile category of car there is. They can fulfil a number of purposes, from the family-friendly Ford Focus, to the sporty Toyota GR Yaris and everything in between.

The world of hatchbacks blew up in 1961 with the release of the Renault 4. Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the Renault 4 was dubbed the first ever ‘car for living’. What followed was a huge demand for practical smaller cars designed for everyday life – a demand that has led to the wide variety of hatchbacks available today.

To help you sift through the huge range of hatchbacks, we’ve picked out five of our favourites that are available for under £250 per month.

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1. Vauxhall Corsa


The Vauxhall Corsa has long been a nationwide favourite ever since it arrived in the UK back in 1993. It has come a long way since then though, and now its sixth-generation model has broken the mould of its older, rather bland design.

Looking more like a BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 (more on those later) than its predecessors, the Corsa has taken on a more luxurious exterior. Spearheaded by a new distinctive grille, the body has taken on a wider, lower, and altogether more dynamic shape. Not only does this lend itself to a sportier look, it also makes the Corsa much more agile on the road.

Speaking of performance, Vauxhall has taken the Corsa’s capabilities to a whole new level. Two 1.2-litre petrol engines lead the latest line-up, alongside a 101bhp producing 1.5-litre diesel option. But the early applause has been given to the electric version, branded the Corsa-e.

The electric hatchback is powered by a 136bhp-producing 100kW motor that gets the Corsa up to 60mph in just 7.6-seconds. Its range is not to be sniffed at either, managing up to 209-miles on a single charge.

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2. Ford Fiesta


Much like the Corsa, the Ford Fiesta is a favourite of UK drivers, and much like the Corsa, it has changed a lot since its introduction in 1976.

Over the years Ford has ditched the box-like design and instead favoured a sportier, more refined body. In recent years the grille has been given a much more aggressive look, and sharp, distinctive lines have been sculpted along the side of the exterior.

The car’s sportier look is backed up by its engines. An all-petrol range is topped by the 1.0-litre, 155bhp-producing engine that, like the rest of the range, utilises mild-hybrid technology to give the Fiesta its initial kick. That kick reaches 60mph in under nine seconds and makes the Fiesta perfect for all types of driving – from city to motorway.

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3. Renault Zoe


Electric vehicles weren’t exactly popular in 2012 when the Renault Zoe was first launched. Drivers rightfully held concerns about their abilities to drive long distance and the high prices of the innovative line-up. The Zoe was developed to solve those problems and it has successfully made EV driving much more accessible with its long-lasting, cost-effective model.

The Zoe comes with a 50kWh battery that can manage up to 245 miles on a single charge. That’s enough to get you from Manchester to London before needing to be recharged. Speaking of charging, each Zoe has the capacity to rapid charge using a 22kW charger which replenishes the Zoe fully in just three hours.

Performance is decent too. Maintaining EVs’ reputation of providing nippy acceleration, the Renault Zoe provides two engine options, an entry-level 80kW motor (109bhp) and a top-spec 100kW alternative (136bhp). Even the former has decent punch, allowing you to accelerate from 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds. It doesn’t sound much, but the impressive part is how quickly it sprints to 30mph.

If you do want your electric car to get up to motorway speed quickly, the more powerful 100kW motor should be your go-to. It has 27bhp more than the standard motor, which takes it from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds that feels genuinely brisk.

Like many other hatchbacks, the Zoe has updated its grille and added sharper, more refined body lines to its exterior to give it a sportier look – and it works. The previous ‘bubble’ looking model has taken to its makeover well and partly explains the Zoe’s surge in popularity.

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4. Audi A3


We know what you’re thinking. Surely not? Well yes, you can get the slick-looking, high-performing Audi A3 for under £250 per month when you lease from Moneyshake.

In terms of it’s slick-looks, the latest A3 has not ventured far from its ancestors design – and why should they? The original A3 changed the landscape of the hatchback market in 1996 with its squarer sportback style.

This is what Audi do best. Maintaining the same core design while adding some subtle new features to keep things fresh. Some say this evolutionary not revolutionary approach is too safe from the German manufacturer – but when Keanu Reeves wakes up everyday and styles his hair in the same way as he did the day before, no one resents his decision for sticking to what’s already proven so successful.

As you might expect, the A3 does not disappoint with its range of engines. For under £250pcm there are three available options, the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines, and a 2.0-litre diesel alternative. The larger of the two petrol options will provide you with the snappiest acceleration, delivering just under 150bhp.

If you’re after a more cost-effective A3 however, the 2.0-litre diesel will give you an impressive 64mpg, compared to its petrol alternatives 50.4 and 55.4mpg.

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5. BMW 1 Series


BMW is just one manufacturer that took inspiration from Audi’s innovative sportback style. Taking the rear-heavy design and adding its own premium touch to the 1 Series.

The most striking touch is BMW’s now-famous kidney grille. Made larger in recent years, the grille sits more aggressively at the front of the bonnet and is a great distinguishable touch from BMW that adds a sporty element to the 1 Series’ classy exterior.

Performance-wise the 1 Series follows suit from the rest of the German manufacturer’s range. There is a whole variety of engine options, but if you intend on staying within the £250pcm budget, you have four options.

The two 1.5-litre diesel choices, 116d Sport and 116d SE, both produce 116bhp while delivering over 61mpg. The petrol choices, 118i Sport and 118i SE, are quicker (136bhp), but sacrifice 11.8mpg in doing so.

That makes the Audi A3 slightly quicker, but the BMW 1 Series makes up for it with its softer suspension and sharper, more engaging drive thanks to its front-wheel-drive.

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