5. Audi A3 Sportback

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The most desirable of all the premium hatches? Maybe. The A3 has been on sale for decades now and has earned its spot right at the top of the hatchback hierarchy. The A3 offers a level of refinement and luxury which is almost unparalleled in this segment. It starts at £24,665 for the SE Technik model which has alloy wheels, Sat Nav, LED headlights, Cruise control and rear sensors as well as loads of creature comforts on the inside. The A3 is also available in S3 and RS3 form - which pack 296 horsepower and 361 horsepower respectively. Mind-blowing performance but obviously quite a bit more expensive than the regular Sportback model.