The Golden Boot: Vote for your Shatchback of the Year 2011

It’s the most anticipated and highly sought after award of the year. Forget the Oscars. Forget the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Even forget the Best Pork Sausage of the Year. The one that everyone has been waiting for is the prestigious Shatchback of the Year award. Which automotive afterthought is best deserving of the Golden Boot?

WARNING! THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MILD HORROR AND IMAGES THAT SOME READERS MIGHT FIND DISTRESSING. THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION SHOULD LOOK AWAY NOW. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ANYONE HAS ATTEMPTED TO SHOW 25 SHATCHBACKS IN ONE PLACE. PETROLBLOG TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY IF IT BREAKS THE INTERWEB.

In true Celebrity Come Ice Skating, I’m A Failed Z-lister So Get Me In There style, it’s your votes that matter. Which Shatchback has the greatest capacity to make children cry? Which booted horror has the potential to make you sick? In short, which is the most hideous Shatchback ever to appear on PetrolBlog?

A total of 27 Shatchbacks have graced the pages of PetrolBlog since July 2010, but following a small cull, you can choose from 25. The reason being is that the Maruti Dzire and Suzuki Swift have done a Dagenham & Redbridge to form a partnership. Also, with apologies to Tim, I’ve removed the Vauxhall Chevette from the voting. It’s just not fair to place the rear-wheel drive retro hero alongside the modern horror stories.

If you need a reminder of the terrifying images that have ‘graced’ PetrolBlog over the past 17 months, here are the six Shatchback episodes:

  1. Give them the boot

  2. Judgement Day

  3. The Rise of the Machines

  4. Salvation

  5. The Final Frontier

  6. Hatchbacks Under Siege

Or, check out the rogues gallery below (image credits in original posts above). Then, GET VOTING! The poll closes at 10pm on Tuesday 20th December.

Renault 7
Renault 7
Vauxhall Belmont
Vauxhall Belmont
Renault Megane saloon
Renault Megane
Ford Focus saloon
Ford Focus
Vauxhall Nova saloon
Vauxhall Nova
Peugeot 306 saloon
Peugeot 306
Suzuki Maruti Dzire
Suzuki Swift / Maruti Dzire
Volkswagen Polo saloon
Volkswagen Polo
Dongfeng Peugeot 207 Sedan
Dongfeng Peugeot 207
Skoda Fabia Saloon
Skoda Fabia
Seat Cordoba Shatchback
Seat Cordoba
Ford Fiesta Sedan Ikon
Ford Ikon
Ford Orion
Ford Orion
Renault Clio Sedan
Renault Clio
Renault Chamade Shatchback
Renault Chamade
Chery QQ6 Shatchback
Chery QQ6
Nissan Almera saloon Shatchback
Nissan Almera
Daewoo Lanos sedan Shatchback
Daewoo Lanos
Daihatsu Charade Shatchback
Daihatsu Charade
Fiat Marea Shatchback
Fiat Marea
Citroen C4 sedan Shatchback
Citroën C4
Fiat Albea - Shatchback on PetrolBlog
Fiat Albea
Mazda 323 saloon - Shatchback on PetrolBlog
Mazda 323
Citroën Elysée Shatchback on PetrolBlog
Citroën C Elysée
Chevrolet Classic Shatchback on PetrolBlog
Chevrolet Classic

So, as Noel Edmonds might say – 25 hideous boxes, one Golden Boot and one question – vote or no vote.

Do the right thing and vote here. Options presented in alphabetical order for ease of use!

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Thanks for voting.

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33 comments

  1. December 16, 2011
    Joseph

    I actually like the Vauxhall Nova Saloon, especially with the rare soft-top conversion offered by a company in the 1980s. Just to let you all know, the Renault Clio saloon is in fact called the Renault Thalia.

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    • December 16, 2011
      MajorGav

      I’m not a leading expert on Clio saloons by any stretch of the imagination, but doesn’t the name depend on the region it is sold in? Thalia for parts of Europe with the likes of Clio Classic and Clio Sedan in other markets?

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      • December 17, 2011
        Joseph

        I think you are right. Thank God that it’s not sold here!

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  2. December 16, 2011
    Antony Ingram (@antonyingram)

    After excluding the cars I actually like from my voting (Renault 19 Chamade, Megane Classic, Nova, 306 and Onion), I had to pick the Dongfeng 207, which is actually a Peugeot 206 😉

    My reasoning: While some of the others are tragically dull, the Dongfeng has done the most to turn what once was an interesting and even pleasingly styled car into a hideous Frankenstein’s Creation of a vehicle that genuinely looks like a poorly-executed cut’n’shut between a 206 and a 206 CC.

    In the interests of clarity, I’m defending the Onion and Chamade because the sporty versions of each (Ghia Injection and 16v) looked fantastic IMO (particularly the Phase 2 Chamade 16v), the 306 because I always thought it looked like a slightly smaller 406 (still one of the best looking mainstream saloons ever made), the Nova because a couple of awesome examples have been featured in Retro Cars so they really do have potential, and the Megane Classic because I always thought it was one that looked like Renault made an effort to style it, with the completely different back end to the hatch, rather than simply welding another foot of metal aft of the hatchback…

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    • December 16, 2011
      MajorGav

      The best part about your comment is that it proves that petrolheads are just as happy to talk about Shatchbacks as they are supercars! 😉

      You have done a great job defending Shatchbacks in the past and I have to agree with your Orion and Chamade defence. I’d still like to read an ‘In defence of Shatchbacks’ article from you some day…

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  3. December 16, 2011
    Boots

    If the Toyota Corolla was in there, that would get my vote.

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    • December 16, 2011
      MajorGav

      Ooh – one for 2012 then?!

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      • December 19, 2011
        Boots

        Another one for the list, Hyundai Accent from the mid 90’s. Lovely stuff….

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        • December 19, 2011
          MajorGav

          Shudder!

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  4. December 16, 2011
    Simon Hingston

    I’ve voted for the Renault 7 purely on the grounds that your picture makes it look like an oxymoron.

    Do we thinks that us Brits don’t get most Shatchbacks purely because even at this end of the market we’d rather have big wheels than function?

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    • December 16, 2011
      MajorGav

      Good question. There’s some love for bigger, high powered saloons, but we’ve fallen out of love with small saloons.

      If every small saloon looked like a MK1 Jetta, it would be a different story though.

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      • December 16, 2011
        Simon Hingston

        Excep of course these days if it was a VW product no one that buys the others would be able to afford it

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  5. December 16, 2011
    Rich

    Excellent work Major Gav. Some weren’t as ghastly as I remember. Tough choice, though. Glad no-one’s voted for the Polo yet, too!

    Mk 1 Jetta’s not the only pretty VW saloon. The Derby was arguably prettier *and* better proportioned…

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    • December 16, 2011
      MajorGav

      Ha! I did think of you when I added the Polo!

      As for the Derby. I agree! Good Shatchbacks certainly exist!

      Reply
  6. December 16, 2011
    aldoliddell

    Agree with the above comments about the sporty Orions, I’d still like a mk4 1.6i Ghia in radiant red! Not much time for the rest, but only thought after i last tweeted you that one of the favourite cars of my youth, the sapphire cosworth, is technically a Shatchback!

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    • December 17, 2011
      MajorGav

      This reminds me – I must upload your Real World Dream Barn. Sorry, been a bit busy recently, but hopefully there’s going to be lots of new stuff going up soon.

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      • December 17, 2011
        aldoliddell

        No probs mate, you said you were busy! Hope you get a chance to chill and switch off a bit over the holidays 🙂

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        • December 18, 2011
          MajorGav

          Sounds like a plan!

          Will get up to date with content on PetrolBlog first! 😉

          Reply
  7. December 17, 2011
    Shaun Brader (@Shaun_Of_Calder)

    Ok, so I know it’s juvenile, but I had to vote for the Dongfeng Peugeot 207, apart from the fact that it’s an ugly little beast, Any car with the word DONG in it’s name has to be worthy of an honourable mention…..

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    • December 17, 2011
      MajorGav

      It’s as good a reason as any!

      Reply
  8. December 17, 2011
    Roland

    Lots of contenders, but it’s the Vauxhall Belmont for me. Dire name, unbelievably unappealing car. The one I would be most embarrassed to own.

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    • December 17, 2011
      MajorGav

      The Belmont is a hateful car. Hard to imagine it being one of the most stolen cars in the UK. A joyrider’s dream!

      Reply
  9. December 17, 2011
    Rafael

    I´ve voted for the Renault Siete (the first models, like the one in the picture, were called “Renault Siete”, instead of “7”). It´s awful, but in these moments when my country is a bit depressed, somebody had to defend our own horrors.

    Needless to say, the Chamade, Belmont, Cordoba, Megane Classic and Orion were big sellers in Spain. Clearly we have good taste…

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    • December 18, 2011
      MajorGav

      Glad PetrolBlog continues to do its bit for European relations!

      Reply
  10. December 17, 2011
    Joseph

    Is it just me, or do certain ‘shatchbacks’ look similar?: I’ve noticed that the original Ford Orion and the Volvo 340 saloon are similar.

    Does anyone else see the resemblance?

    http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C263204 (Ford Orion)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1984-VOLVO-360-GLE-ONLY-36-000-GENUINE-MILES-NEW-/220916305209?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item336fa34d39#ht_500wt_1287 (Volvo 360)

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  11. December 19, 2011
    Ølholm

    I had to cast a vote for the Skoda. In these parts they are mainly driven by pensioners (70+), who still think that a hatchback is a bit daring and that a proper car needs a proper boot. I saw one a few weeks ago, the first in a long while. Funnily, it seems to be more popular in the rural parts.

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    • December 20, 2011
      MajorGav

      Looks like the Fabia could be having a late push for victory! Voting closes this evening!

      Reply
  12. December 20, 2011
    Joseph

    I must add that I voted for the Citroen C4. Apart from my general distaste for Citroen cars, and that I find some (not all, but some) of the cars featured here to my liking, I feel that the Citroen C4 saloon (sorry, shatchback) featured here has a sense of disproportion to the design. As they say up here in Scotland, “it wid gie ye the dry boak!” (it would make you feel ill to behold)

    As for the Skoda Fabia, I had to scroll through the page twice as I’d missed it – doesn’t say a lot for its appeal, does it?!

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    • December 20, 2011
      MajorGav

      The French seem to be getting a battering, although it’s Renault that’s looking likely to take the crown at the moment…

      As for the Fabia – just wait until you see the back end. It’s impossible to miss – you’ll just wish you hadn’t looked!

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  13. December 20, 2011
    Robin Brown

    So are we voting for the best or the worst. And is the best the worst? Or vice versa?

    Went for the Nova – I saw one recently, maroon, natch, and found it utterly fascinating. They were all over the roads for years then – nothing.

    The Orion is mighty though. I love that one. By which I mean it’s the best of the worst. Or do I mean…

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    • December 20, 2011
      MajorGav

      Cheers for voting, Robin.

      You’re voting for the worst Shatchback, to give it the accolade of being the best of the year. The best of the worst or the best of the worst. Either way, the most hideous wins!

      Am surprised the Nova and Belmont haven’t picked up more votes.

      As for the Orion…look out for a new feature in 2012. Good Shatch! 😉

      Merry Christmas sir!

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      • December 21, 2011
        Robin Brown

        Ah, never mind. Do I sense a Ford Heritage Centre visit in the offing? Or simply a new addition to the PB garage? I love Fords of that vintage – and the Orion is a real looker when you consider how lots of other cars from that era stand up.

        Ah, the Belmont. One of the first articles I ever wrote for MotorTorque was called ‘1 in 13 Vauxhall Belmonts stolen in 2005’ – almost five years to the day.

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        • December 21, 2011
          MajorGav

          There’s every chance that an Orion. One. Point. Six. Injection. Ghia might find its way into the PB garage!;)

          I love the ‘1 in 13 Belmonts stolen’ thing. It’s the stuff of legends!

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