Five recently redesigned hatchbacks to consider in 2013

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Hatchbacks are becoming more and more popular across the world, with Motor Trend citing a 2010 study that found that 13 percent of automobiles purchased in 2009 fell into that category, a percentage of the market share that has risen dramatically over the past 15 years. Here are five recently redesigned sporty and stylish hatchbacks that stand out from the competition.

Suzuki Impreza

The new Impreza has been praised for its space and its fuel efficiency; a reviewer for CarsGuide.com.au noted that the car remains the same price as it did before, but offers more space, more features, and a more sophisticated design. The Impreza is very fuel efficient, making good use of the latest fuel-saving Automatic Start Stop technology.

Skoda Octavia

This family car provides great value for money. With its spacious seats and roomy interior, the Octavia is good for distance journeys and for short city drives, too. The liftback is a sophisticated new style of hatchback, and it offers a large boot (560 litres normally, which grows to 1420 litres once the rear seats are folded down. The Octavia offers a 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission system and comes with a variety of engines, including the turbocharged 118TSI (which boasts an output of 118kW).

Opel Astra

Opel, a German manufacturer, has been producing automobiles since 1899. The redesigned Opel Astra appeared in Australia in 2012, and it offers style, space, and safety at an affordable price. When the rear seats are folded up, the boot offers a maximum capacity of 1235 liters. The Advanced Forward Lighting system is billed as the most advanced and sophisticated lighting system in the compact car class, and the advanced headlights make driving as safe as possible at night or in inclement weather.

Skoda Fabia

This fashionable hatchback has recently been revamped, offering more space and more comfort for the driver and the passengers. The 1.2 litre turbo-charged engine was first used in the Skoda Yeti, and now it boasts improved environmental benefits like low CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumptions. The Fabia has an Electronic Stabilisation Control system to keep you and your passengers safe, as well as front airbags and curtain airbags that will protect passengers in all seats of the car.

Toyota Corolla

The stylish new Corolla has been redesigned inside and out, boasting a longer and sleeker exterior and a spacious interior. In fact, the aerodynamic design means that the Corolla hatchback can boast of a 0.30 drag coefficient, meaning that you will save time and money when driving. Safety-wise, all Corolla hatchbacks offer seven airbags for the protection of the driver and all the passengers, as well as Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control. The 1.8 litre engine is fuel efficient yet powerful, and both manual and automatic transmissions are available.