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.

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2019 Jeep Compass Hybrid

2019 Jeep Compass Hybrid

The aggressive, carefree butch SUV is now environment-friendly at heart

The Compass has been in Jeep’s stable for around 13 years now. It was unveiled as a concept at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Although revealed as a two-door concept, the Compass was ultimately launched as a four-door crossover four years after it made its world premiere in Detroit. Five years into production, Jeep decided to give the Compass a face that resonated with the Grand Cherokee. Soon, the Compass started receiving its own identity as with many off-road features and packages available. In 2017, the second-generation of the Compass was launched, and it replaced its predecessor, as well as the Jeep Patriot. It will not be the worst thing to say that even though it could not garner big numbers for the automaker from 2007 to 2017, there was consistent growth in the sales figures. However, 2018 turned out to be the breakthrough year for the Jeep Compass. Jeep sold 171,167 examples of the Compass in 2018, an increase of 87,914 from 83,253 copies it sold in 2017. That’s more than 100-percent growth! Carrying over its rich form from last year, the Compass came to Switzerland with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Compass did not come alone; the Renegade accompanied it with the same mill under its hood. It’s like two brothers wearing the same clothes to go to a party. That’s cute.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Peugeot 208

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Peugeot 208

The European hatch we hope to see on U.S. soil in the near future

The Peugeot is one hell of a looker and, with the 2019 Peugeot 208 hatchback taking on plenty of 508 DNA, then it’s no wonder that we find the new 208 so damn sexy. After all, it has that aggressive and intriguing front end, the wide-bottom stand, and sleek rear end. It’s almost like Peugeot aimed to make the new 208 aggressive enough that nobody, regardless of tuning intention, would need to source or design an aftermarket body kit for it. And, with that said, it’s also commendable that the brand managed to avoid taking things too far and creating a design that’s just way too aggressive. The trims levels that will be available when the 2019 model hits showrooms won’t provide the kind of power that matches the exterior appearance but, within a couple of years, we should see GT and GTi trim levels hit the street and they should offer power output in the mid-200 range to offer good competition for models like the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta ST, among others. That might be a ways off, but the exterior design is still everything we could have hoped for, so we’ve decided to make the Peugeot 208 our wallpaper of the day. We’ve showcased our favorite below to go along with a gallery of other great wallpaper choices – all of which are free for the taking!

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

It’s not always about what’s under the skin!

The 2019 Renault Clio might look a lot like its predecessor, but at the same time, it’s also largely rethought in all the right ways. In short, it’s fundamentally better than ever before and rides on an all-new platform that provides a home for new engines, lower ride height, and a revamped interior that’s not only more modern but more spacious as well. I non-performance form the new Clio can be had with anywhere between 65 and 114 horsepower but, once Renault pulls the sheet off of the GT and R.S. models, the Clio is expected to put at least 225 horsepower to the ground. It’s not clearly visible at first, but Renault is now able to take on the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series alongside models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. With such an enlightening new generation at hand, we’ve decided to make the brand-new 2019 Renault Clio our wallpaper of the day here at Topspeed headquarters. And, since we’re feeling so enlightened, we’ve decided to make our favorite, along with a selection of other Clio wallpapers, easily available for you to download.

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Instagram Girl of the Week: Christin XS

Instagram Girl of the Week: Christin XS

A stunner with a love for hot hatches is a lethal combination

Instagram model Christin Franke (@christin_xs) has a fetching Instagram account. She’s our featured car girl of the week, and if you check out her Instagram page, you’ll see why. The brunette stunner not only looks good in front of a camera, but she also happens to own one of the finest hot hatches of all time: the Mk 5 Volkswagen Golf. There’s no more lethal combination than a beautiful young woman and a hot hatch that screams “driving pleasure!” Christian Franke stands out her own. Put her in a Volkswagen Golf Mk5, and she turns into someone deserving of our car girl of the week title.

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Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 300 miles of range!

Tesla has unveiled the final entry in its S3XY all-electric lineup - the 2020 Model Y! Revealed in a live stream event broadcast from Hawthorne, California, the Model Y offers impressive performance and surprising practicality, including a top speed up to 150 mph and optional seating for seven. Read on for all the early specs.

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2019 Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio

The 2019 Renault Clio is completely re-engineered and it comes with hybrid propulsion

The much anticipated new 2019 Renault Clio city car finally showed its face. In an effort to move towards the premium spectrum of the city car segment (you know, where the A1 and the Mini reside), the new Renault Clio gained many of the design traits from the latest line of Renault vehicles such as the Talisman sedan and the Megane hatch. It showed its face before the imminent reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and it is a fundamentally better car than before. Yet, with the new platform, new engines, new interior, and new dimensions come new thinking as well. The new Clio is actually shorter compared to the predecessor. Lower too. But roomier inside. Somehow, Renault engineers achieved the Tardis effect with the new Cio and I will tell you how. First things first. Why the hell does it look so similar to its predecessor?

Updated 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the Renault Clio that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Are the robot chauffeurs imminent?

The debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is just around the corner, and while we’re still waiting on all the official specs, there’s no doubt it’ll come with the very latest technology the California-based automaker can muster. Chief among these should be an array of advanced autonomous drive features.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Volkswagen Golf

The New Volkswagen Golf 8 Will be Simply Amazing (If you can pay for everything it has to offer)

Volkswagen is approaching the end of the development phase of the new Volkswagen Golf 8 - the most connected Golf of all time. But before I proceed with bombarding you with all the incredible things I’ve learned about it, let me just give you a glimpse of its importance through my experience.

It was 2004, my finishing year of elementary school when Volkswagen revealed the Golf MkV GTI. I remember that day vividly because that was the day I was directly exposed to the culture of the Volkswagen Golf aficionados that I subconsciously wanted to avoid. That day, during recess, one kid came running in the schoolyard carrying a ProAuto car magazine in his hands and basically yelling, “New GTI, New GTI.” He did not buy lunch out of his pocket money, but a car magazine with a GTI on its cover. Every single kid that had heard him charged at him to see what kind of a Golf the new GTIwill be. I ran too. I was struggling to see what the new Golf looks like and we all jostled each other to get a glimpse of the car.

That moment alone changed my perception of Golf for a lifetime. And, believe it or not, that car magazine I was telling you about - I started working there some years later.

Now, exactly 15 years after I saw the Golf MkV GTI for the first time, I have the opportunity to witness the reveal of the Golf 8 (and I believe the GTI). 15 years ago, Volkswagen proudly chanted in its press release “It is [Golf GTI] stronger, better and more sought after than ever.” The Golf MkVIII will be exactly that - stronger, better and more sought after than ever. But also, more connected than ever.

Update 3/13/2019: We’ve finally received some camouflaged spy shots of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf. Check them out along with what else we’ve learned in our special “Spy Shots” section below.

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Get ready for the next Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch

Get ready for the next Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch

We have high hopes for the 208 GTi that could turn Peugeot into an epicenter of hot hatches yet again

Peugeot just pulled the veil off its all-new and quite dashing 208, a stylish city car specifically designed to be parked opposite your favorite coffee shop. However, the mind of the enthusiast never rests, not even to admire the many pretty shapes and details of the new 208, and that’s why we’re already wondering what the hot GTi version might be like. As such, we decided to put together a rendering that we think accurately predicts the 2020 Peugeot 208 GTi.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Refuses to Die as Alfa Introduces Updates for the 2020 Model Year

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Refuses to Die as Alfa Introduces Updates for the 2020 Model Year

The Giulietta remains a disappointing hatchback

Introduced in 2010, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is very long in the tooth as of 2019, but this isn’t stopping the Italian firm from keeping the hatchback in production with mild upgrades. Following a small facelift in 2016, the Giulietta shows off a new update at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, it’s far from impressive.

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The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn't it Called the CX-4?

The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn’t it Called the CX-4?

Seems like Mazda is using a weird naming strategy

Mazda just unveiled a brand new crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the CX-30, it’s based on the latest Mazda3 hatchback, and it’s a really cool addition to the lineup. But why isn’t it called the CX-4? Because it would make a lot of sense.

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PSA Group Is Returning to the US around the year 2026

PSA Group Is Returning to the US around the year 2026

Will it just bring Peugeot over or will all its brands make it over The Pond?

PSA Group (owner of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and most recently Opel) is one of France’s largest automakers that manufactures models for a wide range of buyers with varying budgets. According to a new report, the group will start selling its cars in the United States again, but we don’t yet know if all their sub-brands are going to make it over or if they are going to adopt a similar approach to Alfa Romeo and bring over some more expensive, exclusive models first.

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Jeep Compass Plug-in Hybrid Debuts in Geneva with 31-mile EV range

Jeep Compass Plug-in Hybrid Debuts in Geneva with 31-mile EV range

It’s the first hybrid Jeep alongside the Renegade

The second-generation Jeep Compass has yet to see a comprehensive mid-cycle facelift, but it just became one of the first Jeeps to feature a hybrid drivetrain. The electrified Compass made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the Renegade hybrid.

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The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc

It comes to Geneva with more than a hundred horses over the standard crossover

Gone are the days when performance cars used to be a different segment altogether. Even hatches and pseudo-SUVs these days offer enough horses to stop you dead in your tracks. The latest addition to the list is Volkswagen’s baby SUV. The German automaker has injected the T-Roc with steroids and named it T-Roc R. The T-Roc R was launched at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it comes riding on 296 horses!

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2019 BMW 330e PHEV arrives in Geneva to Ween Europe off Diesel Cars

2019 BMW 330e PHEV arrives in Geneva to Ween Europe off Diesel Cars

It has six-cylinder performance, but with diesel four-cylinder-like efficiency

BMW’s previous 330e was a surprisingly compelling package and that’s why this all-new 2019 330e that just debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show actually has some shoes to fill. In fact, if they’ve further improved on the older 330e (which we’re sure they have) then this could be one of the picks of the new 3-Series range.

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2019 Renault Twingo shows up with new face and engine in Geneva

2019 Renault Twingo shows up with new face and engine in Geneva

Features new engine and automatic transmission

On the market for almost five years now, the third-generation Renault Twingo needed an update. And the French firm delivered at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, where the mid-cycle facelift broke cover with updated features inside and out, and a new engine and transmission.

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2020 Renault Clio brings evolutionary design, hybrid powertrain promise to Geneva

2020 Renault Clio brings evolutionary design, hybrid powertrain promise to Geneva

Renault is playing it safe with its new Clio, but it’s all the better for it

Whenever Renault launches an all-new Clio, it’s a big deal, and this year’s edition of the Geneva motor show and the next-gen Clio debut are no exception. Why is it such an important model? Well, since the first generation of the model debuted, in the year 1990, Renault has sold a whopping 15-million units and with this latest one it’s decided to play it a bit safe.

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Awesome Honda e Prototype Is The Cutest Thing At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Awesome Honda e Prototype Is The Cutest Thing At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

City Car Charged With Cuteness And Electrons

Revealed in front of a massive black screen, the strikingly white Honda e Prototype was one of the cutest highlights at the this year’s Geneva Motor show. It is still a concept, just like it was two years ago in Geneva, but in this case, the e Prototype is far closer to production. It feels much more real in its efforts to combine modernity of the electric vehicles and emotionally charged retro styling directly linked with early Honda cars. The small electric city dweller with 124 miles of range takes the aim to shoot for the B segment of the European car hierarchy. That will make it a direct competitor to cars such as the Peugeot 208, or the Renault Clio, both of which have been refreshed and unveiled at this year’s show, by the way.

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2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda's Crossover range

2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda’s Crossover range

New Mazda CX-30 fits in between CX-3 and CX-5

Mazda has finally revealed the model it had been teasing prior to its 2019 Geneva motor show debut - the all-new CX-30, a new small Mazda crossover that you didn’t know you wanted. Had it been called CX-4, its name would have caused less confusion, since it actually fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of size.

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The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Sets the Standard for Safety Tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Sets the Standard for Safety Tech

Loads of features, all without picking up the options list

The Toyota Corolla Sedan has long been a torchbearer in the compact four-door segment, and the latest 2020 model year continues that tradition with a long list of standard safety technology features as part of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite. Read on for details on what makes the Corolla a leader in this space, and how the competition stacks up.

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Jeep Heads to Geneva With Long Line of Special Edition Models

Jeep Heads to Geneva With Long Line of Special Edition Models

There are plenty of choices here for all types of Jeep customers

Jeep will have a big presence at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, spearheaded largely by a handful of special edition models for the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. Each of the special edition Jeep models will bring something unique to the table, though a few of them will share the same “S” moniker. All special edition Jeeps feature stylish upgrades that should appeal to a wide range of customers across Europe. All special edition Jeeps will also be available for purchase at some point in the year. Most will arrive in the second quarter of 2019, with the earliest to arrive being the Cherokee Trailhawk, which hits dealerships in April. If you can’t wait that long, the Jeep Compass Night Eagle is already available at Jeep dealerships. Pricing details for all special edition Jeep models are not yet available.

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2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

An estate that is trying hard to convince you that it is not merely a family hauler

Less than a month after the company launched the facelifted version, Volkswagen is all set to launch the sporty variant of the Passat Estate at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Passat Variant R-Line Edition comes with a lot of new goodies and will certainly induce the younger folks’ interest. The company has announced that the R-Line edition will be limited to just 2,000 units!

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