Hatchback cars are very popular in Kenya. These cars ideally target young families. These are the people who have since graduated from owning a small budget car and now require a bigger yet practical car. Hatchbacks are believed to be practical, fuel-efficient and safe. Audiences during the Cheki Car Awards voted for the top three most preferred hatchbacks
- Audi A3
- Toyota Auris
- Volkswagen Golf
The Audi A3 was the second runners up based on the votes. it is an attractive premium alternative to the rivals. The car costs about Ksh. 1.3 Million. It shares the same MQB platform as the Golf. However, the fit and finish is premium.
It comes fitted with leather and woodgrain on several surfaces. Additionally, premium audio systems come standard in the A3.
The seats are quite comfortable with lumbar support plus, they can fold flat to accommodate extra size luggage with ease. Safety-wise the A3 comes with both active and passive safety features like airbags and ABS to ensure your safety on board.
It is powered by various engines, from the efficient 1.4-litre turbos to the ballistic 2.5 litre 5-cylinder RS3. In as far as maintenance is concerned, the entry-level A3 with the 1,4-litre petrol engine will cost Ksh. 10,000 on average for minor service and 20,000 on Major service. View Audi A3 cars for sale.
First runners up position went to the Toyota Auris. A very popular choice. Retail price starts at Ksh 1.2 million and one of the key reasons why it is loved is its looks. The exterior design is eye-catching and comes with a spacious and practical premium cabin. The seats are comfortable and can split 60:40 so that you can carry a lot of luggage in the car.
It is powered by either a 1.6L, 1.8L or 2 Litre petrol engines. In terms of maintenance, you will part with Ksh, 10,000 for minor service and Ksh. 17,000 on major service. Safety-wise, it comes with 6 airbags, ABS and has great resale value. View Toyota Auris for sale.
The Volkswagen Golf scooped the top price. This car has been in production for over 8 generations and still going strong. As had been mentioned earlier, the Golf and Audi A3 share the MQB platform and have similar specifications.
What makes the Golf tick is pricing. At a starting price of Ksh. 900,000, it offers unbelievable value for money. Additionally, it comes with impressive practicality, efficiency and safety to the family. When it comes to maintenance, it costs Ksh. 10,000 for minor servicing and Ksh. 17,000 for major service. View Volkswagen Golf cars for sale.
This segment was highly competitive and will have notable entrants next year, including the Mazda Axela and Subaru Impreza.