The hatchback is one of the most popular classes of cars on sale today. Compact yet spacious, these cars often also offer some of the best performance specs you could get in the market. While traditionally front-wheel drive, it didn’t take long for the German manufacturers to start offering rear-wheel drive models too. Now that we’re in the age of four-wheel-drive, these cars often also offer the ultimate in safety and performance.

They’re not half as bad looking either. Gone are the days of hatchbacks being purely associated with boxy souped-up vehicles being driven by barely-legal teenagers. The dawn of more sleek and sophisticated options means that their appeal has broadened, one that now spans from business executives to families. Thankfully, this also translates to luxury and innovations that have pushed the class to new heights like never before.

Here are some of the best hot hatchbacks money can get you in 2019.