What You Need to Know About Buying a Compact or Subcompact SUV in 2017


Subcompact and compact vehicles are the perfect mix of both worlds. For people who want a truck or SUV, one of the limiting aspects to investing in one can be the sheer size of it. Parking is much more difficult and the cost of gas can be a demotivating factor as well. Luckily, compacts and subcompacts offer the option of having some of the features of a SUV without giving up the convenience of a sedan. Depending on your needs, the right subcompact or compact may vary for you. Here is a guide of a couple notable models to look out for and what you need to know when picking the right one for you:

Kia Soul: Subcompact SUV

When Kia first came out with this car, it was not marketed as a crossover. But as their commercials (with the adorable giant hamsters) began to go viral, they started playing with the messaging behind the car. Kia is pushing the crossover narrative by including many SUV characteristics, including additional body cladding and putting in faux skid plates on certain trim levels. It should be noted, this vehicle does not have all wheel drive, but it does have a lot of space inside, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, and elevated seats. So while it is not the best for off road adventures, it’s great if you want a slightly bigger vehicle to drive in urban areas that can get to high speeds.

BMW X1: Subcompact Luxury SUV

The X1 replaces the traditional 6-cylinder engine found in BMWs (sorry for the purists out there, it would not fit in a subcompact vehicle of this size) with a front wheel drive platform instead. Essentially, this means that the engine is of smaller size and only drives the front wheels, like in a standard vehicle. However, this allows for the interior design to have a much more spacious and luxurious spin to it that BMW is renowned for. Unlike most subcompact crossovers, the passenger seat has an enormous amount of space and a lot of space for cargo. And with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sports cars lovers will not be sacrificing any of the speed they get out of a normal BMW.

Honda CR-V: Compact SUV

The CR-V has become one of the best-selling cars across the nation in the last couple of years. It’s easy to see why. With a four-cylinder engine with a 1.5 turbocharge, and a stylish interior, this compact SUV puts together style and function. The rear doors open to an almost right angle, giving users plenty of space to put things in and out. The car drives safely as well; the steering is direct and controlled, and the car is able to take on steep turns with the driver feeling in control of the body of the vehicle, despite its large size. With its spacious seating and sizeable trunk, it’s great for family outings, camping trips, or even putting a baby seat in the back.

Porsche Macan: Compact Luxury SUV

With a roofline at barely five feet, the Porsche Macan focuses its style design on becoming as close to sports vehicle as possible. The car has a sleek design and 360 horsepower at 600 rpm, meaning that drivers do not have to sacrifice neither speed nor luxury while driving around this SUV. The braking is nothing to scoff at either; on average, drivers can go from 70 mph to 0 in only 157 feet. However, unlike many of the other crossover options, trunk space is limited with this vehicle. You’ll get about 18 cubic feet in the back if you’re using all of the seats. That’s about enough for a small suitcase or two (imagine the trunk at three feet deep). This vehicle is perfect for those who are not in need of as much space as they are a smooth sports car drive in a more functional model.

What type of SUV would you want to drive away in? Let us know in the comments below!

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What You Need to Know About Buying a Compact or Subcompact SUV in 2017

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