6 New Hatchbacks to Consider in 2018


A barrage of new products have already been introduced in South Africa this year and the popular compact hatchback segment, in particular, is flourishing with newcomers. Here are 6 new compact hatchbacks that are worth looking at...

New Volkswagen Polo

The new Polo arrived earlier this year with larger dimensions, a more spacious cabin and a new look that will ensure its sales success on local soil.

The Polo hatchback is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine offering 70 kW and 175 Nm of torque in Trendline and Comfortline guise. The Polo Trendline features a 5-speed manual transmission while the Polo Comfortline makes use of either a 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG. The Polo Highline however, is powered by the same engine but outputs are bumped up to 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque and buyers have the choice between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG.

The range-topping Polo GTI was launched recently and its power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre engine with 147 kW and 320 Nm and is mated to a 6-speed DSG.

Pricing for the new Polo hatchback starts at R235 900 while the Polo GTI is priced from R375 900.  

Buy a VW Polo on Cars.co.za

Watch our video review of the VW Polo 1.0TSI Highline auto below!

Also see:

Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TFSI Comfortline (2018) Quick Review

Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Highline auto (2018) Review [w/Video]

Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Highline AT (2018) Video Review

Comparative Review: Ford Fiesta vs Volkswagen Polo (2018)

Volkswagen Polo GTI Video Review (2018) | Bigger Engine, More Fun?

Volkswagen Polo GTI (2018) Launch Review

New Ford Fiesta

The new-look Fiesta is in South Africa and its freshly designed interior with a centre mounted tablet-style infotainment system represents a major improvement over the previous model.

The new Fiesta is offered in either Trend or Titanium trim. A 3-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with 74 kW and 170 Nm is offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful Fiesta Titanium offers 92 kW and 170 Nm and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 1.5-litre turbodiesel with 63 kW and 215 Nm of torque with a 6-speed manual transmission is also offered.

The range-topping Fiesta ST will employ a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with cylinder deactivation for the first time with 147 kW and 290 Nm of torque powering the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, but its arrival in South Africa has yet to be confirmed. 

Pricing for the Ford Fiesta starts at R261 900 while the range-topping Fiesta 1.0T Titanium automatic is priced from R310 600.  

Buy a Ford Fiesta on Cars.co.za

Also see:

Ford Fiesta (2018) International Launch Review

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New Nissan Micra

A new, more upmarket Nissan Micra has arrived in SA and it now features attractive exterior styling and a stylish and modern interior design. The Micra is available in 3 trim levels including Visia, Acenta and Acenta Plus.

The new Micra is fitted with a punchy 3-cylinder, 0.9-litre turbo petrol with 66 kW and 140 Nm and is currently only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. 

Pricing starts at R233 500 and goes up to R272 400 for the range-topping Micra Acenta Plus derivative. 

Buy a Nissan Micra on Cars.co.za

Also see:

Nissan Micra (2018) Launch Review

Nissan Micra (2018) Specs & Price

Nissan Micra Active (2017) Quick Review

New Toyota Yaris 

Toyota introduced a new, Thailand-built Yaris to market earlier this year featuring assertive exterior and interior styling. A naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine does service under the bonnet with 79 kW and 140 Nm of torque and is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or CVT. Trim levels include the entry-level Xi, XS and S, while the Cross derivative adds a higher ride height and some cladding for more rugged visual appeal. 

Pricing for the new Toyota Yaris starts from R233 100, going up to R288 700 for the Yaris 1.5 S. 

Buy a Toyota Yaris on Cars.co.za

Also see:  

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Sport (2018) Review

Toyota Yaris (2018) Specs & Price

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Pulse (2017) Quick Review

New Suzuki Swift

The Swift is one of Suzuki’s best-sellers on the local market and the all-new Swift recently made landfall in SA. The Swift is powered by the familiar naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine now with 61 kW and 113 Nm and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Swift Sport, however, will now feature a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine (previously a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre) with 103 kW and 230 Nm and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Swift Sport can be expected in South Africa in Q2 of 2019. 

Pricing for the new Suzuki Swift starts at R159 900 with the Swift GL automatic priced at R189 900. 

Buy a Suzuki Swift on Cars.co.za

Also see:

Suzuki Swift (2018) Launch Review

Suzuki Swift (2018) Specs & Price

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Hatchback Review

Suzuki Swift Sport (2016) Review

New Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The new Polo Vivo is based on the previous generation Polo and has been re-packaged to serve budget-conscious buyers. 

The Polo Vivo is offered in either Trendline, Comfortline or Highline trim, while buyers looking for a higher ride height and rugged appeal may want to consider the Polo Vivo 1.6 Maxx. The range is headlined by the turbocharged Polo Vivo 1.0 TSI GT with 81 kW and 200 Nm of torque mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. Naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol engine offers either 55 kW / 130 Nm (Trendline) or 63 kW / 132 Nm (Comfortline). A 1.6-litre petrol engine is also offered with 77 kW and 153 Nm and can be had in manual (Highline) or automatic guise (Comfortline).

The new Polo Vivo is priced from R179 900, going all the way up to R245 000 for the Polo Vivo 1.0TSI GT. 

Buy a VW Polo Vivo on Cars.co.za

Watch our video review of the new VW Polo Vivo below!

Also see

Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT (2018) Quick Review

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline (2018) Review

Volkswagen Polo Vivo (2018) Specs & Price

Old Volkswagen Polo vs new Polo Vivo: How different are they?