I'm pretty big into hatchbacks. It started a long time ago with a Pontiac Vibe GT. No where near a "hot hatch" but I still loved the manual gearbox and the utility. A few years later, I moved up to a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, which is simply an awesome car. But my daughter has turned 15 years old and will be learning to drive soon, so I had to trade it in for something with an automatic transmission (yes, I could teach her how to row her own gears with a stick, but she doesn't handle pressure very well, so one thing at a time). The ST got traded in for a Fiat 500 Abarth with an automatic transmission. That's my work car. My other car is a 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, and she isn't going anywhere near that. My wife drives a 2017 Volvo XC90 R-design, which is too big and $$$ to learn to drive with. The Abarth is perfect. But I have recently been informed that she wants the Abarth, so I will be in the market soon for a new daily driver. My short list is the Golf GTI, Hyundai Elanta GT Sport, and the Kia Forte5 SX. I have driven Subaru Imprezas and Mazda3s and found them lacking. Performance wise, I'm leaning towards the GTI. But appearance wise, the Elantra GT Sport has the advantage (I really like the Kia, but it's overpriced for what it is and would really be a 3rd choice if the others didn't work out). So, I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to test drive the Hyundai. If it has any attitude/character, I'll be sold. I know it won't out-perform a GTI, but it doesn't have to as long as it's fun to drive and feels solid.