After a new compact car? Finding the right one isn’t that easy. You have to weigh up a number of factors such as how much is it going to cost, is it the right size for you and the family and then technical features such as how it drives or how safe it is. Luckily, we’re here to help, and have put together this little guide of the best compact cars on the market right now. Have a look, and see if any take your fancy.
1. Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is the compact car. It’s been the benchmark in its field for almost a century and it seems like everyone else has been playing catch up this whole time. In the range you’ll even find an electric and hybrid version of the original. Even if you’re not a fan of the Golf, you’ve definitely thought about getting one.
2. SEAT Leon
The SEAT Leon comes in 3 and 5 doors and shares similarities in mechanics and technology with some of the top cars in this category, such as the Audi A3 or the Golf, but is more affordable. That’s where the Leon really makes its mark, the fact that you can feel like you’re driving a Golf for a much lower price.
3. Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is a fantastic option for a compact car, with its light framework making for an enjoyable ride. Practically, the Mazda 3 won’t be ranking at the top of a list like this, but getting behind the wheel will give you a feeling that few compact cars can provide. The range is not as extensive as the others on this list either, but any of the diesel or petrol engines will reinvigorate your love of driving.
4. Opel Astra
The technological side of the Opel Astra is what makes it stand out from the other cars on this list, with its features including WiFi access, perfect for long trips where the kids need to be kept occupied, and full LED lighting. Perhaps aesthetically the Opel Astra is not as pleasing as other compact cars but this doesn’t detract from the quality.
5. Peugeot 308
The Peugeot 308 is a complete compact car, which stands out due to its interior. Inside you won’t find any buttons but a central touch screen which controls almost all of the cars functions. Performance is another key feature of the 308, with smooth control and awesome agility.