Compact Cars (C-Segment)

Compact Cars (C-Segment)

Description
Description

Compact cars, known as C-Segment vehicles, are the go-to choice for many due to their perfect balance of size and efficiency. Larger than subcompacts, they offer more room for passengers and cargo, making them ideal for small families or individuals needing extra space. Their moderate size ensures easy maneuverability in urban settings and better fuel efficiency than larger cars.

Many come packed with tech features like infotainment systems and driver aids, adding convenience and safety. Typically, they're more affordable than larger models, providing a practical option for budget-conscious drivers who still want comfort and modern amenities in their daily commute or weekend getaways.

History
History

Compact cars emerged post-World War II as a practical solution for everyday transportation. They gained popularity due to their affordability and lower operating costs compared to larger vehicles. Over the decades, they evolved from basic, economical options to feature-rich cars, offering comfort, technology, and performance once reserved for luxury models.

Carmakers responded to environmental concerns and rising fuel prices by improving compact cars' fuel efficiency and introducing electric and hybrid variants. This segment has seen shifts in consumer preference, from the boxy designs of the past to sleek, aerodynamic styles, reflecting advancements in automotive engineering and changing aesthetic tastes.

Future
Future

Compact cars are likely to become even more technologically advanced, embracing electrification and autonomous driving capabilities. With trends pointing towards sustainability, we'll see more compact electric vehicles (EVs) with longer ranges and faster charging times. Brands like Tesla with its Model 3 and Chevrolet with the Bolt are paving the way. Designs will become sleeker and more aerodynamic to improve efficiency.

Interiors will focus on maximizing space and integrating smart technology, like AI assistants and advanced infotainment systems. As urban spaces get more crowded, compact cars will continue to be favored for their maneuverability, playing a vital role in the evolving landscape of personal and shared mobility.

Common Questions
Common Questions
How spacious are compact car interiors compared to subcompacts?

Compact car interiors typically offer more space than subcompacts, with passenger volume ranging from 90 to 100 cubic feet (2,550 to 2,830 liters) compared to 80 to 90 cubic feet (2,265 to 2,550 liters) in subcompacts. Cargo space also increases, with compacts offering around 13 to 17 cubic feet (368 to 481 liters) versus the 10 to 13 cubic feet (283 to 368 liters) typical of subcompacts.

Are compact cars a good choice for first-time car buyers?

Compact cars are often recommended for first-time car buyers due to their affordability, ease of driving, lower insurance costs, and generally good fuel economy. They also tend to be easier to handle and park, a plus for those new to driving.

How do compact cars fare in fuel efficiency?

Compact cars typically excel in fuel efficiency, averaging between 25 to 35 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 35 to 45 mpg on the highway, equivalent to approximately 10.6 to 14.9 kilometers per liter (km/l) and 14.9 to 19.1 km/l respectively. This performance often surpasses larger sedans and SUVs, which can average between 15 to 25 mpg (6.4 to 10.6 km/l) city and 20 to 30 mpg (8.5 to 12.8 km/l) highway.

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4’6” | 1.37 m
6’ | 1.83 m
15’3” | 4.65 m
3,470 lb | 1,574 kg
2014
BMW 4 Series (2014)
137.000
183.000
465.000
1574.000
2014.00
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BMW 4 Series (2014)
4’8” | 1.42 m
5’9” | 1.75 m
14’11” | 4.55 m
2,873 lb | 1,303 kg
2014
Honda Civic (2014)
142.000
175.000
455.000
1303.000
2014.00
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3D
Honda Civic (2014)
4’9” | 1.45 m
5’10” | 1.78 m
15’3” | 4.65 m
2014
Toyota Corolla
145.000
178.000
465.000
2014.00
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Toyota Corolla
4’10” | 1.47 m
5’9” | 1.75 m
14’11” | 4.55 m
3,075 lb | 1,395 kg
2016
Toyota Prius (2016)
147.000
175.000
455.000
1395.000
2016.00
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3D
Toyota Prius (2016)
5’2” | 1.57 m
5’8” | 1.72 m
13’7” | 4.13 m
2,712 lb | 1230 kg
1997-2011
VW New Beetle
157.000
172.000
413.000
1230.000
2011.00
GUIDE
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VW New Beetle
Toyota Prius (2016)

The Toyota Prius (2016) boasts of being a fuel economy car with roomy seating, ample cargo space, and a hushed cabin. It also spots an elegantly designed interior with a cushioned ride that shrugs off bumps nicely and a comfortable driving position, which makes it a great family car. Unlike the previous generations of the Prius which were compact or subcompact cars, the 2016 model is a full hybrid electric mid-size car available either in 4-door sedan or a 5-door liftback body style.

The Toyota Prius (2016) has an overall length of 14’11” (4.55 m), wheelbase of 8’10” | 2.69 m), a width of 5’9” (1.75 m), and height of 4’10” (1.47 m).

Collection of measured drawings of the Toyota Prius (2016) with dimensions for length, wheelbase, height, and width
The Toyota Prius (2016) boasts of being a fuel economy car with roomy seating, ample cargo space, and a hushed cabin. It also spots an elegantly designed interior with a cushioned ride that shrugs off bumps nicely and a comfortable driving position, which makes it a great family car.

The Toyota Prius (2016) has an overall length of 14’11” (4.55 m), wheelbase of 8’10” | 2.69 m), a width of 5’9” (1.75 m), and height of 4’10” (1.47 m).

Collection of measured drawings of the Toyota Prius (2016) with dimensions for length, wheelbase, height, and width
Toyota Prius (2016)
Height:
4’10” | 1.47 m
Width:
5’9” | 1.75 m
Length:
14’11” | 4.55 m
Depth:
Weight:
3,075 lb | 1,395 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’10” | 2.69 m

Model
Prius
Automaker
Toyota
Year
2016

Drawings include:
Toyota Prius side elevation, front, back, plan

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BMW 4 Series (2014)

The BMW 4 Series (2014) was spun off the 3 series 2 door models into a separate series of 2 door coupe, 2-door convertible, and 4-door fastback coupe powered by an S55 turbocharged straight-six engine. The BMW 4 series has an upscale cabin design and boasts high performance, though it has a small passenger room. The car is low, compact, and sporty and available in all-wheel drive, either having a manual or automatic transmission.

The BMW 4 Series (2014) has an overall length of 15’3” (4.65 m), wheelbase of 9’3” (2.82 m), a width of 6’ (1.83 m), and height of 4’6” (1.37 m).

Elevation and plan drawings of the BMW 4 Series (2014) with dimensions for length, width, and height
The BMW 4 Series (2014) was spun off the 3 series 2 door models into a separate series of 2 door coupe, 2-door convertible, and 4-door fastback coupe powered by an S55 turbocharged straight-six engine. The BMW 4 series has an upscale cabin design and boasts high performance in a small form.

The BMW 4 Series (2014) has an overall length of 15’3” (4.65 m), wheelbase of 9’3” (2.82 m), a width of 6’ (1.83 m), and height of 4’6” (1.37 m).

Elevation and plan drawings of the BMW 4 Series (2014) with dimensions for length, width, and height
BMW 4 Series (2014)
Height:
4’6” | 1.37 m
Width:
6’ | 1.83 m
Length:
15’3” | 4.65 m
Depth:
Weight:
3,470 lb | 1,574 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 9’3” | 2.82 m

Model
4 Series (2 Door Coupe)
Automaker
BMW
Year
2014

Drawings include:
BMW 4 Series side elevation, front, back, plan

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Volkswagen New Beetle

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a two-door compact car introduced in 1997 as an update to the original iconic Volkswagen Beetle Type 1. With a form emphasizing the rounded curves of the classic Beetle, the New Beetle design modernized the look of the Beetle while also reconfiguring the engine and drive layout to the front.

The Volkswagen New Beetle is 13’7” (4.13 m) in length, has a wheelbase of 8’3” (2.52 m), a width of 5’8” (1.72 m), and height of 5’2” (1.57 m).

Dimensions of Volkswagen New Beetle documented from side, front, back, and plan drawings
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a two-door compact car introduced in 1997 as an update to the original Beetle Type 1. With a form emphasizing the rounded curves of the classic, the New Beetle design modernized the look of the Beetle while also reconfiguring the engine and drive layout to the front.

The Volkswagen New Beetle is 13’7” (4.13 m) in length, has a wheelbase of 8’3” (2.52 m), a width of 5’8” (1.72 m), and height of 5’2” (1.57 m).

Dimensions of Volkswagen New Beetle documented from side, front, back, and plan drawings
Volkswagen New Beetle
Height:
5’2” | 1.57 m
Width:
5’8” | 1.72 m
Length:
13’7” | 4.13 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,712 lb | 1230 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’3” | 2.52 m

Model
New Beetle
Automaker
Volkswagen
Year
1997-2011

Drawings include:
Volkswagen New Beetle side elevation, front elevation, back elevation, plan

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Honda Civic (2014)

The Honda Civic (2014) is the ninth generation of the Civic sporting a premium interior, zippy engines, and refined handling and high ratings for crash safety. It is compact, stylish with roomy interiors and available either as a coupe or sedan body style. Other features in the Honda Civic include a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, passenger-side mirror having camera mount LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring, Honda-link connected car technology, and a “Smart Entry” push-start button.

The Honda Civic (2014) has an overall length of 14’11” (4.55 m), wheelbase of 8’9” (2.67 m), a width of 5’9” (1.75 m), and height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Honda Civic (2014) measuring length, wheelbase, height and width
The Honda Civic (2014) is the ninth generation of the Civic sporting a premium interior, zippy engines, and refined handling and high ratings for crash safety. It is compact, stylish with roomy interiors and available either as a coupe or sedan body style.

The Honda Civic (2014) has an overall length of 14’11” (4.55 m), wheelbase of 8’9” (2.67 m), a width of 5’9” (1.75 m), and height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Honda Civic (2014) measuring length, wheelbase, height and width
Honda Civic (2014)
Height:
4’8” | 1.42 m
Width:
5’9” | 1.75 m
Length:
14’11” | 4.55 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,873 lb | 1,303 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’9” | 2.67 m

Model
Civic (4 Door)
Automaker
Honda
Year
2014

Drawings include:
Honda Civic Scoside elevation, front, back, plan

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Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a globally best-selling car line of subcompact and compact sedans produced by Toyota since 1966. Named corolla after the Latin term for ‘small crown’ the Toyota Corolla is known for being efficient and comfortable.

The Toyota Corolla (2014) measures 15’3” (4.65 m) in length, 5’10” (1.78 m) in width, and has a height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Dimensioned drawings of a Toyota Corolla measuring the size from the side, front, back, and plan
The Toyota Corolla is a globally best-selling car line of compact sedans produced by since 1966. Named after the Latin for ‘small crown’ the Corolla is known for being comfort and efficiency.

The Toyota Corolla (2014) measures 15’3” (4.65 m) in length, 5’10” (1.78 m) in width, and has a height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Dimensioned drawings of a Toyota Corolla measuring the size from the side, front, back, and plan
Toyota Corolla
Height:
4’9” | 1.45 m
Width:
5’10” | 1.78 m
Length:
15’3” | 4.65 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’10” | 2.7 m

Model
Corolla
Automaker
Toyota
Year
2014

Drawings include:
Toyota Corolla side elevation, front, back, plan

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