Hatches are preferred, particularly with the younger set, due to their design and the notion that they are “young peoples’ fun cars”.
A hatch can be recognised by the fact that they don’t have a conventional boot, but the back of the motor vehicle has a massive upright entrance covered by a either a 3rd or a 5th door (depending on the model) that swings upwards. Hatches in the beginning were big motors and were first made by the Americans in the 1930’s. Hatches, nevertheless were really made famous and made into a most popular design utilizing the design on 2 of their celebrated sports vehicles in the 60’s. The one car was long and sleek and for several years remained the benchmark for sport vehicles, the other -also a famous label – was a smaller car and perhaps more of a tourer that was a pretty and fun car rolled into one. Again, it was the British that caught the creative thinking of the world with a hatch in the mid 1960’s: a smaller car often painted British racing green and showing the same name as a small dress made famous by Mary Quant. With the launch of a hotter version, the name of “hot hatch” was created.
Hatches differ in design and style from sedans not simply on account of the large backdoor providing admission to the boot, but also in the basic design of the motor car. With a sedan three boxes are set to a chassis, namely the engine compartment, the passenger shell along with the boot. The hatch, having said that, has a 2 box design being the engine and the passenger shell and boot as one bundled box. Modern hatches are perfect for loading requirements as the 2 back seats can fold flat, thereby vastly enhancing the loading space and additionally the passenger seat may also be folded flat allowing for the transport of objects like ladders. To young people fond of the outdoors such set up is ideal as camping gear and other equipment can be transported with ease. An additional appeal to many young adults is the cool colours and add-ons on offer, together with the picture of a “hot hatch”.
Hatches can be found in 3 door and 5 door layouts, and could only have two seats instead of four, like the British sports cars referred to above. Most hatches may have an A, B and C pillar, but some may have an additional D pillar. Hatches have an extended parcel shelf at the rear of the car effectively covering the boot area. This shelf raises up as you open the door to the boot area creating easy access.
There are lots of hatchback cars on the market today mainly from Asian and European origin and they can mostly be seen in the small car category. A few of these hatches are iconic and others are pretty in style and finish. Some, including the British version, can be extremely accessorised and customised thereby keeping the image of a fun vehicle for the young and maybe even the young at heart.