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What are the coolest compact cars in 2020?

The word compact instantly gives off the image of something being small, much like an estate agent trying to make a tiny apartment sound anything but tiny.

However, when it comes to cars, compact may mean smaller, but, we can assure you, you won’t be riding around on something slightly bigger than a bike.

A style of car that’s always been popular, these are great for those runabouts and those with families. This is due to them being extremely reliable, while places like Go Car Credit will allow you to buy them on finance, and, most importantly, despite being small and practical, they can also be stylish.

Below, we’ve listed our five favourite compact cars that also offer a layer of cool.


Nissan Micra

A popular small car, the old Micra may not have been the best, but this new one is here to thoroughly impress you. Offering a good drive and a stylish exterior, you won’t feel ashamed driving around in one of these, while the kids won’t be bothered about being seen in it either.


  • Excellent driver-assist technology


  • Back seats aren’t very comfy


Ford Fiesta

The third most searched car in 2019, our compact car list wouldn’t be complete without the Ford Fiesta. While it may not top your list of fantasy cars, the practicality of it, its handling and fuel economy are enough reasons to put it on your list of cars to look at. The best-selling car in the UK, the exterior is also great with its simple and stylish vibe.


  • Good fuel economy
  • Good handling


  • On the smaller side of compact


Volkswagen Polo

A serious contender for the Fiesta, this turbocharged 1-litre car offers the perfect range for a small car while providing an excellent ride whenever you turn a corner. Honestly, if you can’t get a Fiesta, this may be the one for you.


  • Comfortable interior – great for families


  • Can be noisy
  • Can be pricey


SEAT Ibiza

Setting a whole new standard of ‘supermini’, fans of this style of car will love the SEAT Ibiza, while those looking for something compact will be bowled over by its combo of quantity, quality and style thanks to its spacious interior and excellent engine.


  • Roomy for a compact car
  • Lots of high-tech features


  • Mirrors are too small


MINI Hatch

If you’re looking for a smaller car that screams style and cool whenever you turn a corner, then a MINI Hatch is ideal. A quintessentially British brand, the iconic MINI is ideal for both families and solo drivers wherever you live. While not number one in small cars anymore, never overlook the convenience and style of this 5-door beauty.


  • Customisable options
  • Great engine and drive


  • Ride isn’t always firm
  • Not cheap


While there are plenty of smaller or compact vehicles on the market, if this is the type of car you’re looking for, make sure these five are high on your list.


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