Most Reliable 2017 Hatchbacks and Wagons

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 31, 2017

Hatchbacks and station wagons are making a bit of a comeback as people discover their appealing combination of practicality, utility, efficiency, and driving dynamics. Especially in 2018, automakers will provide more choices in these segments than have been available for a long time.

If you’re suffering crossover fatigue and seeking something different to drive that is also expected to be reliable, J.D. Power has a good idea of which hatchbacks and wagons will last for a while. Based on data related to quality and dependability, collected in surveys of thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners, predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings summarize the information and give consumers an easy reference while researching the most reliable vehicles.

On the following pages, listed in alphabetical order, are the hatchbacks and wagons that are the most likely to prove reliable within their respective segments. Keep in mind that each rating is comparable only to other models in the same segment, and is not applicable across segments.

2017 Audi A7

2017 Audi A7 photo

Based on the Audi A6 sedan, the Audi A7 is a 5-door hatchback featuring a sleek fastback roofline and a usefully sized cargo area providing greater utility than the model on which it is based. Audi offers the car as the A7, sporty S7, and performance-tuned RS 7, all equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive. For 2017, Audi makes numerous changes to the A7 lineup, improving the car’s appearance, technology, and performance.

The 2017 A7 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe photo

BMW bases the 4 Series lineup on the same vehicle platform and powertrains as the 3 Series. The difference is that they’re offered as a coupe, convertible, and something called the Gran Coupe, a 5-door hatchback with more cargo space and utility than a sedan but not as much as the 3 Series Sports Wagon or Gran Turismo. The Gran Coupe comes with new turbocharged 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engines for 2017, and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2017 4 Series Gran Coupe receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch photo

New for 2017, the Cruze Hatchback brings added utility to Chevrolet’s small car lineup. Equipped with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Cruze Hatch is offered in LT and Premier trim levels, each with an available RS appearance package.

The 2017 Cruze Hatch receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Hyundai Elantra GT

2017 Hyundai Elantra GT photo

They might share a name, but the Elantra sedan and Elantra GT are different vehicles. The former was redesigned for 2017, the latter was not, and is based on a European car called the i30. For the 2017 model year, the Elantra GT’s Tech package gains smartphone-projection technology, and a Value Edition package aims to entice buyers looking for a deal. The Elantra GT is redesigned for 2018.

The 2017 Elantra GT receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Kia Soul

2017 Kia Soul Turbo photo

A tall, 5-door hatchback lacking nothing more than an all-wheel-drive system to legitimately compete in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, the Kia Soul emphasizes passenger room over cargo room. Buyers choose from a range of trim levels, features, and price levels, and Kia offers an electric version of the vehicle. In 2017, Kia resolves the Soul’s lack of power by installing a new turbocharged 4-cylinder in versions with SX trim.

The 2017 Soul receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Porsche Panamera

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo photo

Technically, the Porsche Panamera is a 5-door hatchback, but the company positions it as a 4-passenger sports sedan. Taking design cues from the 911 sports car, the Panamera is redesigned for the 2017 model year, and a slow rollout of new variants has commenced. Turbocharged and twin-turbocharged V-6 engines supply power to the standard and S model lines, and as the lineup expands it adds a plug-in hybrid, Sport Turismo wagon body style, and an Executive long-wheelbase variant.

The 2017 Panamera receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Corolla iM

2017 Toyota Corolla iM photo

Formerly known as the Scion iM, the Corolla iM is a 5-door hatchback that shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Auris, a European version of the Corolla. With Scion’s demise, the iM gains Corolla nomenclature for 2017, as well as several standard driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems.

The 2017 Corolla iM receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Yaris

2017 Toyota Yaris SE photo

Built in France, the Toyota Yaris is available as a 3-door and as a 5-door hatchback. Basic transportation designed to maximize utility, efficiency, and value, the Yaris adds driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems as standard equipment for the 2017 model year, a rarity in the entry-level subcompact car segment.

The 2017 Yaris receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


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