Automotive fashions and buzzwords come and go. Minivans and station wagons, once prominent, are thin on the ground now. In the U.S., luxury manufacturers have replaced the term “hatchback” with three-door or five-door, depending on their configuration. Some are now using the name “sportback” or evading the issue altogether in their naming conventions.
For this article, we define a hatchback as a coupe or sedan with two rows of seating and a liftback hinged above the rear glass, allowing access to the trunk area and cabin at the same time when opened. Luxury is a brand determination more than a set of features — you can find a lot of luxury features in everyday brands these days, making the line blurry. Luxury hatchbacks are a relative rarity, which is a shame, considering how useful the form can be. But here are the 10 best of the breed, listed alphabetically.