Subcompact Cars (B-Segment, Supermini)

Subcompact Cars (B-Segment, Supermini)

Description
Description

Subcompact cars, often known as superminis or B-segment vehicles, are a class of small, efficient cars just above microcars in size. They're popular for their nimble handling, easy parking, and lower cost. With typically 4 to 5 seats, they're suited for city driving and daily commutes. They offer a balance of practicality and economy, boasting better fuel efficiency and lower emissions than larger cars. Their compact dimensions don't compromise on style, often sporting modern and youthful designs. Ideal for first-time buyers or as secondary family cars, they're a smart choice in urban environments where space and economy are prized.

History
History

Subcompact cars, or superminis, began gaining popularity in the 1970s, especially in Europe. With the oil crisis demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles, these smaller cars were the answer. Initially, they were basic and no-frills, but over time, manufacturers started packing them with features previously found only in larger cars. Brands like MINI Cooper, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagen Polo became household names. They evolved from simple, economical choices to stylish, feature-rich models, reflecting changing consumer desires and technological advancements. Today, they're a significant segment in the auto market, offering a blend of affordability, efficiency, and comfort.

Future
Future

Subcompact cars are likely to embrace electrification, becoming more eco-friendly. Imagine zipping around in electric MINIs or Renault Clios, contributing to cleaner air. They'll also get smarter, with advanced driver-assistance systems and connectivity features, turning your drive into a tech-savvy experience. Style-wise, expect bold designs and personalization options, reflecting individuality and modern tastes.

These small cars will continue to be popular in urban environments, where their size makes them perfect for tight parking and bustling streets. They’ll also play a role in car-sharing fleets, offering convenient, on-demand mobility. Subcompacts will remain a symbol of practicality, efficiency, and adaptability in our fast-paced world.

Common Questions
Common Questions
How much cargo space do subcompact cars typically have?

Subcompact cars typically provide cargo space around 10 to 20 cubic feet (283 to 566 liters), which is considerably smaller compared to midsize sedans that offer around 15 to 18 cubic feet (425 to 510 liters) and SUVs that range from 30 to 100 cubic feet (850 to 2832 liters), depending on the model and whether the rear seats are folded down.

What are the advantages of owning a subcompact car in urban areas?

Subcompact cars offer easier maneuverability and parking in tight city spaces compared to larger vehicles. They typically provide better fuel efficiency, leading to cost savings on gas. Their smaller size also tends to result in lower purchase prices, taxes, and insurance costs.

How does the cost of owning a subcompact car compare to other segments?

The cost of owning a subcompact car is generally lower than larger vehicle segments due to better fuel economy, lower insurance premiums, reduced tax rates, and often less expensive maintenance and repair costs. However, resale values can be lower, affecting long-term ownership costs.

Transport

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4’6” | 1.37 m
6’1” | 1.85 m
13’9” | 4.19 m
2,965 lb | 1,345 kg
2009
Audi TT (2009)
137.000
185.000
419.000
1345.000
2009.00
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Audi TT (2009)
4’11”-5’ | 1.49-1.52 m
5’4” | 1.63 m
11’4” | 3.57 m
2,366 - 2,512 lbs | 1073-1139 kg
2015
Fiat 500
152.000
163.000
357.000
1139.000
2015.00
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Fiat 500
4’8” | 1.42 m
5’8” | 1.73 m
12’4”-12’9” | 3.73-3.86 m
2,605 lb | 1,182 kg
2014
Mini Cooper (2014)
142.000
173.000
386.000
1182.000
2014.00
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Mini Cooper (2014)
4’9” | 1.45 m
5’8” | 1.73 m
13’1” | 3.99 m
2,500 lb | 1,134 kg
2012
Toyota Prius C (2012)
145.000
173.000
399.000
1134.000
2012.00
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Toyota Prius C (2012)
5’1” | 1.55 m
5’.5” | 1.54 m
13’4.5” | 4.08 m
1,760-1,850 lb | 800-840 kg
1967
VW Beetle Type 1
155.000
154.000
408.000
840.000
1967.00
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VW Beetle Type 1
Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is an iconic Italian subcompact car known for its personality and easy urban driving.

The Fiat 500 (2015) has an overall length of 11’4” (3.57 m), wheelbase of 7.6' (2.31 m), a width of 5’4” (1.63 m), and height of 4’11”-5’ (1.49-1.52 m).

Illustrated side, front, back, and plan views of a Fiat 500 with dimensions
The Fiat 500 is an iconic Italian subcompact car known for its personality and easy urban driving.

The Fiat 500 (2015) has an overall length of 11’4” (3.57 m), wheelbase of 7.6' (2.31 m), a width of 5’4” (1.63 m), and height of 4’11”-5’ (1.49-1.52 m).

Illustrated side, front, back, and plan views of a Fiat 500 with dimensions
Fiat 500
Height:
4’11”-5’ | 1.49-1.52 m
Width:
5’4” | 1.63 m
Length:
11’4” | 3.57 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,366 - 2,512 lbs | 1073-1139 kg
Area:

MPG: 28 city | 33 highway
Horsepower: 135-160 hp
Wheelbase: 7.6' | 2.31 m

Model
500
Automaker
Fiat
Year
2015

Drawings include:
Fiat 500 side elevation, front, back, plan

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Toyota Prius C (2012)

The Toyota Prius C (2012) is a subcompact or supermini 5-door hatchback marketed and sold by Toyota Motor Corporation. It is also known as Toyota Aqua and runs on gasoline-electric engines and is the third member of the Toyota Prius family. Because of its small size, it is aimed at buyers who do not need lots of space in a car like those without families.

The Toyota Prius C (2012) has an overall length of 13’1” (3.99 m), wheelbase of 8’4” (2.54 m), a width of 5’8” (1.73 m), and height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Toyota Prius C (2012) measuring height, width, length and wheelbase
The Toyota Prius C (2012) is a subcompact or supermini 5-door hatchback marketed and sold by Toyota Motor Corporation. It is also known as Toyota Aqua and runs on gasoline-electric engines and is the third member of the Toyota Prius family.

The Toyota Prius C (2012) has an overall length of 13’1” (3.99 m), wheelbase of 8’4” (2.54 m), a width of 5’8” (1.73 m), and height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Toyota Prius C (2012) measuring height, width, length and wheelbase
Toyota Prius C (2012)
Height:
4’9” | 1.45 m
Width:
5’8” | 1.73 m
Length:
13’1” | 3.99 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,500 lb | 1,134 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’4” | 2.54 m

Model
Prius C
Automaker
Toyota
Year
2012

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

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Mini Cooper (2014)

The Mini Cooper (2014) is a subcompact car available in 3 and 5-door hatchback and 2-door convertible. It is also known as the Mini Cooper, Mini One, or Mini first introduced by BMW either in classes of subcompact or supermini. The Mini is light and quick with two powerful engines and intuitive interior and excellent cargo space and is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Mini seats a maximum of four adults.

The Mini Cooper (2014) has an overall length of 12’4”-12’9” (3.73-3.86 m), wheelbase of 8’2” (2.49 m), a width of 5’8” (1.73 m), and height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Mini Cooper (2014) measuring length, wheelbase, height and width
The Mini Cooper (2014) is a subcompact car available in 3 and 5-door hatchback and 2-door convertible. It is also known as the Mini Cooper, Mini One, or Mini first introduced by BMW either in classes of subcompact or supermini. The Mini is light and quick with two powerful engines.

The Mini Cooper (2014) has an overall length of 12’4”-12’9” (3.73-3.86 m), wheelbase of 8’2” (2.49 m), a width of 5’8” (1.73 m), and height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

Dimensioned drawings of the Mini Cooper (2014) measuring length, wheelbase, height and width
Mini Cooper (2014)
Height:
4’8” | 1.42 m
Width:
5’8” | 1.73 m
Length:
12’4”-12’9” | 3.73-3.86 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,605 lb | 1,182 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’2” | 2.49 m

Model
Cooper
Automaker
Mini (BMW)
Year
2014

Drawings include:
Mini Cooper side elevation, front, back, plan

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Audi TT (2009)

The Audi TT (2009) is a sports car built by Audi and marketed by the Volkswagen Group. It is usually available as a 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster variants with excellent driving position and supportive seats. The Audi TT (2009) has a well designed and upscale interior with a considerable amount of cargo space. It usually targets high-end consumers who prefer sophistication, performance, and style.

The Audi TT (2009) has an overall length of 13’9” (4.19 m), wheelbase of 8’1” (2.46 m), a width of 6’1” (1.85 m), and height of 4’6” (1.37 m).

Collection of measured drawings of the Audi TT (2009) with dimensions for length, wheelbase, height and width
The Audi TT (2009) is a sports car built by Audi and marketed by the Volkswagen Group. It is usually available as a 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster variants with excellent driving position and supportive seats. The Audi TT (2009) has a well designed and upscale interior.

The Audi TT (2009) has an overall length of 13’9” (4.19 m), wheelbase of 8’1” (2.46 m), a width of 6’1” (1.85 m), and height of 4’6” (1.37 m).

Collection of measured drawings of the Audi TT (2009) with dimensions for length, wheelbase, height and width
Audi TT (2009)
Height:
4’6” | 1.37 m
Width:
6’1” | 1.85 m
Length:
13’9” | 4.19 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,965 lb | 1,345 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 8’1” | 2.46 m

Model
TT (Two Door)
Automaker
Audi
Year
2009

Drawings include:
Audi TT side elevation, front, back, plan

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Volkswagen Beetle Type 1

The Volkswagen Beetle, the Type 1, is a two-door, rear-engine subcompact economy car for up to five people produced from 1938 to 2003. One of the most influential and iconic car designs in history, the Volkswagen Beetle provided an economical and simple car that could be mass-produced. The Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 concept would be updated for later generations in 1997 with the introduction of the Volkswagen New Beetle which draws heavily on the forms of the Type 1.

The Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 has a length of 13’ 4.5” (4.08 m), wheelbase of 7’ 10.5” (2.4 m), width of 5’ .5” (1.54 m), and a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

Drawings of the Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 dimensioned in side profile, plan, front, and back
The Volkswagen Beetle, the Type 1, is a two-door, rear-engine subcompact economy car for up to five people produced from 1938 to 2003. One of the most influential and iconic car designs in history, the Volkswagen Beetle provided an economical and simple car that could be mass-produced.

The Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 has a length of 13’ 4.5” (4.08 m), wheelbase of 7’ 10.5” (2.4 m), width of 5’ .5” (1.54 m), and a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

Drawings of the Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 dimensioned in side profile, plan, front, and back
Volkswagen Beetle Type 1
Height:
5’1” | 1.55 m
Width:
5’.5” | 1.54 m
Length:
13’4.5” | 4.08 m
Depth:
Weight:
1,760-1,850 lb | 800-840 kg
Area:

Wheelbase: 7’10.5” | 2.4 m

Model
Beetle Type 1
Automaker
Volkswagen
Year
1967

Drawings include:
Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 side elevation, front elevation, back elevation, plan

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