I have a cousin who recently moved into a starter home. I think the advertising called it Bijou, which has turned out to be posh-speak for very, very small.
The house does have the benefit of a garage although the architect seems to have ignored the fact that getting in and out of a car normally involves opening the doors, which is impossible in the space available.
So, enter the hatchback. My cousin crawls from the driver’s seat and exits via the hatchback door which, luckily, can be opened from the inside.
This particular ‘functional advantage’ of the third door is not something that you see advertised in glossy car brochures but is certainly something that is useful in my cousin’s case.
The USA had station wagons but the first real instance of the hinged rear door on production road cars in Europe was the Renault 4, introduced in 1961. Since then there has been massive growth in the market with most manufacturers offering 3 or 5-door variants of their leading models.
Of course, one of the most iconic designs will always be the Morris Traveller with its pair of vertically hinged doors, as shown above.
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10 February 2011, 09:59PM
I would not be without my hatchback. Everything just goes in the back and you can fold down the back seats when you want to. It is just so simple.
15 February 2011, 02:08PM
My husband has a virtually new truck and also a 15-year-old hatchback. Although he loves his truck, as it is the first vehicle he has ever had from new he has a strong bond with his Astra hatchback. It is so versatile and we often get friends with flash 4 x 4 asking if they can borrow it!
17 February 2011, 02:10PM
In a society overrun by 4x4 vehicles it is so nice to see the good old hatch back becoming popular again.
23 February 2011, 12:11PM
Hatchbacks are awesome! Love them! We have some brilliant lease deals on them too so just check out Concept Vehicle Leasing for any make/model leasing solution!
Charlotte, Elmstead Woods
21 March 2011, 02:36PM
Being the owner of a 4x4 and a hatchback I have to say that my hatchback gets more use. Having a young daughter who loves her bike we can shove everything in the back and set of where the mood takes us.
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