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Top-Rated 2014 Hatchbacks: Initial Quality

By: Jeff Youngs, 7/10/2014

The J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) measures the problems experienced by new-vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Thousands of verified owners respond to the annual survey, and the data is used to generate Power Circle Ratings that help auto shoppers to make informed decisions about their next new car, truck, SUV, or van.

This Top-Rated 2014 Hatchbacks guide includes those models that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.


2014 Audi A7
Although it is more of a fastback sedan than a traditional hatchback, the Audi A7 is equipped with a large rear liftgate and folding rear seats that provide the ability to expand cargo capacity beyond what the 24.5-cu.-ft. trunk can hold. Three versions of this Audi are available in escalating levels of performance and price: A7, S7, and RS 7. Depending on the version, a supercharged V-6, turbocharged diesel, V-8, or a turbocharged V-8 engine resides under the hood. An automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard.

The 2014 Audi A7 receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 Hyundai Accent
A small, entry-level 5-door hatchback that holds up to 5 people, the Hyundai Accent is equipped with one of the most powerful engines in its segment, a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder power plant that's attached to a manual or an automatic transmission. Fold the rear seats and the Accent hatchback holds up to 47.5 cu. ft. of cargo.

The 2014 Hyundai Accent receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Hyundai Elantra GT
One rung up the size ladder from the Accent, the Hyundai Elantra GT is a 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback offering up to 51 cu. ft. of cargo room. This year, Hyundai upgraded the Elantra GT to a new, more powerful, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 173 horsepower. A manual gearbox is standard, with an automatic transmission optional.

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Kia Soul
Redesigned for 2014, the Kia Soul is bigger than it used to be, roomy enough for 5 people and up to 24.2 cu. ft. of their belongings. Fold the rear seat down and cargo space expands to 61.3 cu. ft. Two 4-cylinder engines are available--a 1.6-liter making 130 horsepower and a 2.0-liter generating 164 horsepower. A manual or automatic transmission delivers the power to the Soul's front wheels. For 2015, an electric version of the Soul goes on sale.

The 2014 Kia Soul receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Mazda 2
The Mazda 2 is a small, entry-level car equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 100 horsepower. Mazda says it holds 5 people and up to 27.8 cu. ft. of cargo when the rear seat is folded down.

The 2014 Mazda 2 receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Mazda 5
Technically, the Mazda 5 is a minivan with sliding side doors, the only van in the 2014 IQS to earn a Power Circle Rating greater than 3 (About Average). Mazda says the Mazda 5 provides seating for 6 people. Fold the third-row seat for 44.4 cu. ft. of cargo room behind the second-row seats.

The 2014 Mazda 5 receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 Porsche Panamera
Like the Audi A7, the Porsche Panamera is marketed as a sedan but features a large rear liftgate that technically qualifies it as a hatchback. Seven different versions are available, in two different wheelbase lengths. With the rear seats folded down a Panamera holds 44.6 cu. ft. of cargo. The quickest version is the 570-horsepower Panamera Turbo S, which gets to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, according to Porsche.

The 2014 Porsche Panamera receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

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