Hatchbacks offer immense practicality over their sedan counterparts. With a wide rear hatch opening, and seats that fold completely flat, a hatchback can swallow anything from a bookcase, to a bike, to a large houseplant — items that would leave many coupe or sedan owners with their hands tied. With buyers demanding more and more practicality from their vehicles these days, the hatchback is experiencing a resurgence, and we’re here to outline several great used hatchbacks for a budget of around $15,000.
2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf went on sale for the 2015 model year and continues the Golf’s run as one of the most refined and fun to drive hatchbacks on the market. Buyers can choose between 2- and 4-door models, although it’s worth noting that the 2-door was only offered for 2015 and 2016. There’s also an extra practical Golf SportWagen model that offers even more cargo space. Regardless, a Golf from these model years will put out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque from a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Additionally, the seventh-generation Golf offered a good infotainment system and good available driver-safety features as well, not to mention all of Volkswagen’s clever design touches. Altogether, the Golf is one of the best hatchbacks on the market, and buying a used example from 2015 to 2018 is a great decision, and there are over 500 currently listed on Autotrader for $15,000 or less. Find a Volkswagen Golf for sale
2014-2018 Honda Fit
People love the Honda Fit not only for its practicality, but for its fun-to-drive nature and surprisingly nice interior as well. The Fit also returns 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway from its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The Fit can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. Later models are even available with a few modern driver-safety features, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, although this package requires the CVT. There are currently over 900 2014-2018 Honda Fits listed on Autotrader for $15,000 or less. Find a Honda Fit for sale
2014-2018 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus currently on sale today was launched way back for the 2011 model year and received an update in 2014. Overall, the Focus is a safe, comfortable and fuel-efficient car. Both sedan and hatchback body styles are available. There are currently over 1,000 2014 to 2018 Ford Focus hatchbacks listed on Autotrader for under $15,000. Close to 100 of these are the performance-oriented ST model, which offers a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making a healthy 252 hp. Find a Ford Focus for sale
2014-2018 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is funky, weird looking and extremely practical thanks to its boxy, upright design offering the practicality of a hatchback combined with the upright driving position of an SUV. Given that new examples carry a starting price of just over $16,000, it isn’t hard to find relatively new used examples for under $15,000, and there are currently over 1,000 2014-2018 models listed on Autotrader that fit within our budget. The Soul was sold with three different engines over these model years. All 4-cylinders, the entry level engine made 130 hp, the mid-level engine made 161 hp, and a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder introduced as part of the Soul’s 2017 refresh, made 201 hp, good enough to propel the Soul from 0-to-60 miles per hour in a brisk 6.4 seconds. Find a Kia Soul for sale
2011-2016 Subaru Impreza
The Subaru Impreza’s calling card is its standard all-wheel drive. Couple that with its available hatchback body style, and you’re looking at a high practical and capable vehicle. There’s also a ruggedized Crosstrek variant of the Impreza that offers increased ride height, roof rails and body cladding, for anyone wanting to look like they’re about to head out on an adventure. As far as the 2011-2016 Subaru Impreza Hatchback goes, there are currently over 500 listed on Autotrader for around $15,000 or less. Lumping the similar XV Crosstrek into your search adds another 350 options.
Buyers who aren’t in a hurry might want to wait around for a pre-owned 2016 or newer Impreza, which is the newest, most current design. Right now on Autotrader, there are only around 70 2016-or-newer Impreza Hatchbacks for sale, but we expect this figure to grow in the coming months. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale
2015-2018 Jeep Renegade
While it’s more commonly classified as an SUV, the Jeep Renegade’s underpinnings, size and ride height all point toward it being more hatchback than utility vehicle. Nonetheless, there’s a lot to love about the Renegade, and its low MSRP means that early examples can now be had for under $15,000 on the used market. The Renegade first came out for the 2015 model year, and a quick search of Autotrader for 2015-2018 model year Renegades yields over 900 results listed for $15,000 or less. Keep in mind, given the Renegade’s passenger car roots, many of these come with only front-wheel drive. Filter to show only AWD equipped models, and the list shrinks to only 231 vehicles. Nonetheless, the Renegade is very reasonably priced and offers a cheap way to get into the Jeep brand. While it may not be a full-on utility vehicle, the Renegade’s Trailhawk trim level offers off-road features for anyone wanting to get off the beaten path, and there are currently 21 of these top-of-the-line Renegades listed for under $15k. Find a Jeep Renegade for sale
2014-2018 Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford Fiesta ST is a fantastic compact performance car, and given that a brand new example carries an MSRP of just over $20,000, it isn’t hard to find a used example for $15,000 or less. The Fiesta ST was first introduced for the 2014 model year and is still sold today, although 2019 should be the vehicle’s last year, as Ford has announced the discontinuation of the Fiesta line in the United States. Nonetheless, given the vehicle’s potent 180-hp turbocharged engine, smooth shifting 6-speed manual and sport-tuned suspension, buyers can still get a great deal on Fiesta ST that is just a few years old, making this perhaps one of the best overall values in the used car segment. Right now on Autotrader, there are close to 150 Ford Fiesta STs from between 2014 and 2018 listed for $15,000 or less. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale