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8 Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Hatchbacks

These are the 8 best all wheel drive (AWD) hatchbacks based on innovative technology, high performance and sleek aesthetics.  As the Mini Cooper Paceman continues to prove, you do not need 4 or 5 doors to play in the hatchback space. Hatchbacks have really grown on consumers in recent years simply because they have so much to offer all in one unique package. Practicality, efficiency, folding rear seats, sporty designs, and strong resale values are just a few of the benefits offered by hatchbacks. A few of the best uniquely designed all-wheel drive hatchbacks include the 2017 MINI Paceman, MINI Clubman, and Nissan Juke.

It has been documented that hatchbacks hold their resale value better than other types of vehicles but there are exceptions. If you are purchasing a MINI, BMW, or Volkswagen it may technically hold its resale value but that doesn’t mean anyone will pay you full retail for it. The reasoning behind this is that repairs can be more costly for these hatchbacks in particular. As the miles get higher and the car gets older people are more hesitant to buy because they wonder what it will cost them after the initial purchase.
Hatchbacks are making a strong impression on consumers but they still fight the station wagon stigma. And while maximized window space is a pro to hatchbacks, it can lead to a reduction in privacy–good thing for window tint! The BMW 3 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo offer more privacy than many other hatchbacks. Their aggressive wide stand and lengthy body gives them more covered cargo space. If you’re looking for something for economical, the Mini Cooper makes a good alternative.

The Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS, Nissan Juke, and MINI Clubman also made our list. If you are looking for hatchbacks that are practical while adding some excitement to your daily drive, you’re going to want to check these out. The Ford Focus RS is probably not the best candidate if you are driving far distances daily. It has a little too much power, if that’s possible, giving it a rough ride.

The Subaru Impreza comes in at the bottom of the pricing scale for our list. Not to mention, the Impreza’s track record shows an extremely strong resale value.  At the top of the pricing class for our list is the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. If you drive this hatchback and try to compare it to the others you might find yourself not caring about price anymore. Each car has something unique to offer, but more importantly every car on this list can satisfy your AWD needs.

8. Subaru Impreza

It’s no wonder the 2017 Subaru Impreza made our list of best AWD hatchbacks with its valuable cargo space. To be specific it can accommodate 2,472 ears of corn with the seats down, and 827 ears of corn with the seats up. If you are thinking that’s an odd way to measure the space just remember this is a Subaru, a uniquely quirky brand. Never without reason though, the Subaru Impreza is now made in Indiana, a top producing state for corn. The 2017 Subaru Impreza is offered as a sedan or 5-door hatchback. Unlike most vehicles with two models, Subaru’s 5-door style makes up 70% of sales while sedans make up 30%.

The 5-door AWD 2017 Subaru Impreza is packed with value for its consumers.

  • The 5-door has one trim level with upgrades available starting at $18,895
  • The sedan’s base trim starts at $18,395
  • The sedan is also available in a premium trim starting at $21,195

The 5-door option is the cheapest of the three and comes with similar standard features. It has a sportier appearance with a roof crossbar and tons of cargo space. The sedan and 5-door Impreza are enhanced with the 4-cylinder 2.0L Subaru Boxer engine. The value of the 5-door hatchback is virtually endless; it gets up to 37 MPG highway and 28 MPG city.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]