compact cars

compact cars

  Compact car is a largely North American term denoting an automobile smaller than a midsize car, but larger than a subcompact car. Compact cars usually have wheelbases between 2.54 metres (100 inches) and 2.67 metres (105 inches). Another definition specifies between 100 ft³ (2800 L) and 109 ft³ (3000 L) of interior volume.

Volkswagen is getting dangerously close to creating what I would call the "perfect car." In this latest set of spy shots from our great photographers, we have what appears to be a Volkswagen Golf R Wagon. That means the same 300-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder engine, AWD and six-speed manual transmission from the Golf R with more space in the back for your milk, eggs, produce, soccer balls or whatever else you need to haul. It should also be available with the six-speed DSG for those who are allergic to the third pedal.

If you are sad that Subaru has killed the WRX hatch and the Outback XT, it looks like Volkswagen is coming to your rescue.

We have very little information about this car, and this prototype has shown up out of nowhere, but it’s very unlikely that this machine will hit US shores. Wagons don’t do well here, and high-performance hatches don’t do very well either. So, creating a combination high-performance wagon is basically a sales disaster in here in the U.S.

That said, Volkswagen, I would love you eternally if you would actually bring such a machine to the United States. Please.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

Always leave it to Mini to offer some pretty zany add-ons as part of its new Original Accessorites line. In line with the arrival of the third-generation Cooper , Mini is taking its personalization to a whole new level with new design concepts for the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. Sure, the usual roof graphics, mirror caps, and floor mats are still there, but those now fall under the new Mini Design Lines, called Vivid Green, Speedwell Blue, John Cooper Works Pro and Essential Black.

If emphasizing the distinctive character of the new Mini is the objective of these new Original Accessories, then by goodness, the company succeed in doing that. If its not enough that these accessories reflect the youthful spirit of Mini, the add-ons are precisely matched in design and color.

Whether its Vivid Green (youthful and fresh look), Speedwell Blue (sporty flair and tradition), John Cooper Works Pro (passion for racing), or Essential Black (understated and elegant design), each of the four new Design Lines are about as unique to each other as they can get.

So when you want to dress up your new Mini, pay careful attention to what these new accessories, as they all will surely spice up your Mini with new door sill cover strips, exterior and interior mirror caps, roof and side graphics, side indicator surrounds, key lanyards, protective covers, among other things.

You can check out all of the insane options that the Mini Cooper has to offer in the Mini Configurator. It’s also a great way to waste a few hours of time!

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper Original Accessories.

The Nissan Juke is one of those cars that you either love or hate. There’s no in-between when talking about this baby. Fortunately for the Juke, it belongs in a market where the word "style" seems to have taken a vacation, so by default, it already has a leg up on the rest of its rivals. Looks aside, the Juke also has a nice engine to fall back on that is highlighted by 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which makes it one of the highest in its segments.

There’s something about the Juke and the way its packaged that makes us wonder whether Nissan was trying to make amends to this particular segment after introducing the world to the Cube , a ratchety-looking lump of steel that a lot of people hope never to see again.

So give credit to Nissan for taking the leap with a more dramatic crossover that doesn’t lack in aesthetics.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Juke.

World-record attempts always a pose a risk, especially when speed is added into the equation. By way of his job, French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit knew the dangers involved, but that still didn’t stop him from attempting to break the world record for the longest car jump. Unfortunately for Chicherit, not only did he not break the record, he ended up on the wrong end of a spectacular crash.

Using a heavily modified Mini Cooper , Chicherit was trying to beat the record of 101.91 meters set by Tanner Foust back in 2011.

The record attempt, which was held in Tignes, France , actually got off to a good start and he even got some good air underneath it. But from watching the video, it looked like it got a little too much air, causing the nose to dip around the time the car was about to land.

The Mini proceeded to slam nose first before barrel-rolling a number of times, much to the horror of those in attendance — and everyone of us who have seen the video.

The good news is that Chicherit is doing well, suffering only minor injuries from what was a major crash. Here’s to hoping he gets well soon!

Ever since Jeep unveiled the new 2015 Renegade at the Geneva Motor Show , the world has gobbled up every bit of information about the new crossover . Small, practical, useful, fun, and sporty — Chrysler’s newest Jeep has all the same Jeep ingredients we’re used to, but has packaged it in a very unique way.

Besides being a unique vehicle in the Jeep lineup, the Renegade is also set to be one of Jeep’s most popular. Built in Italy in cohorts with Fiat , the Renegade will be sold globally. Its small size, fuel-efficient lineup of engines, and four-wheel-drive systems will help it conquer the competition.

We’ve already told you about the all-new Renegade here , but now we’re bringing you a condensed version – a top 10 list of notable features Chrysler hopes will put the Renegade on top.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Jeep Renegade

The Mazda3 has been roaming the roadways since it replaced the Protégé in 2004, and despite a "second generation" in 2010, the design remained nearly the same throughout its lifespan. When Mazda announced its Kodo design language would make its way to the 3 in the 2014 model year, I couldn’t help but get excited, as the Mazda6 looked awesome in its new dress. Well, after I drove the Mazda6 , I called up my fleet supplier and specifically requested the Mazda3. They contacted Mazda, and they happily shipped one out to me.

The new Mazda3 was a stunner from the second it rolled into my driveway, I loved the Meteor Gray Mica paint draped over the revised body. Walking up to the car, it looked like a much more expensive car, and sliding into the cabin really kicked thing up a notch.

On the surface, my love for the revised Mazda3 only grew, but did I still love it after a week behind the wheel?

Click past the jump to find out.

After three years of service, the Audi A1 is about to get a major facelift. This couldn’t come at a better moment, as a lot of its competitors, specifically the Mini Cooper , has just come out with a new look.

This heavily camouflaged mule of the A1 gives us an indication of what to expect when all the wraps are taken out. Looking at the photos our spy photographer sent us, the facelifted A1 looks to carry a number of similar styling characteristics with the performance-oriented S1 . The front and rear lights in particular, appear to be similar in treatment to the S1 while, the front bumper, even if its not completely distinguishable, looks to be a new design with an updated grille and new fog lights.

Overall, minimal changes were given, compared to all these next-gen models that are popping up. It may only be three years since the A1 arrived, but is it at all possible that Audi begins thinking about working on a next-gen A1?

We’re hoping that’s the direction it takes, but for now, the 2015 Audi A1 will retain most of its old digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A1.

Let’s be real here for a second. There are only a certain amount of things you can to the Fiat 500 to make it more appealing to customers. The car doesn’t exactly look like a million bucks, although its retro-themed design does appeal to a certain segment of the car-buying population.

So when Fiat comes out with a special-edition 500 dubbed the "500 Cult" and describes it as a top-of-the-range version of its 500 line that offers an "exclusive level of style, technological content and performance," nobody’s doing any backflips thinking that this baby can compete with even the tamest of sports cars .

But all that isn’t to say that the 500 lacks in any appeal. Like we said, a lot of people dig the bygone looks and the tradition of the vehicle, so much so that rolling out new duds for the 500 isn’t such a bad idea.

Essentially, that’s what Fiat is banking on with the 500 Cult, offering a plethora of new options for both the coupe and convertible versions that puts even more emphasis on the hatchback ’s trendiness.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500 Cult.

When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke.

The Fiat 500 has tons of history, as does the Abarth line. One of the most famous of the Abarths debut at the Geneva Auto Show all the way back in 1964. This 695 had a 699.5 cc engine with a "whopping" 30 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 130 km/h (36 mph). Well, now 50 years later, Fiat is revealing a new Abarth 695, which it dubbed the biposto, with just a tad more power and a much higher top speed.

The 695 biposto checks in with a healthy 30-horsepower bump over the standard Fiat 500 Abarth and uses the same 1.4-liter engine. It also features an insane dog box transmission that is rarely seen in anything other than race cars, and even those are hard to come by.

On top of the racing transmission, the Abarth 695 drops loads of weight, gets a stripped-down interior and a half roll cage.

On the surface, the 695 biposto look like a massive heap of awesomeness on the surface, but is it still as awesome when I drill down into all of the details?

Click past the jump to read more and find out.


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