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14 August 2019 · New Cars

Choosing the Right Cars for City Living

Going through congested city streets requires you to have a car that is nimble enough to go in and out of traffic and bypass potholes. Your vehicle also needs to have great outward visibility so it can easily spot pedestrians and ability to fit even in tight parking spaces.


If you’re in the market right now for a car that will help make your city life easier, we’ve prepared for you a list of the best models you can get at this time. The cars that are listed here provide a compact size without necessarily sacrificing internal space. You can also expect the best combination of city-friendly features along with manoeuvrability.


Let’s get started!


2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda’s Miata is an ideal car for inner-city living due to its ease-of-use, manoeuvrability and amazing infotainment system. Besides all that, it sits as one of the least costly sports cars you can get nowadays. It may also be a short car to list down here but it possesses a lot of space in the front for you and your buddy.


Although you might not get that much space out of its trunk, you can still enjoy its capability to have its top-down which is great for weekend trips to the country side.


2019 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is usually on the top list of subcompact cars as it has something for all drivers. You can find a range of tech along with safety features in this vehicle, a refined internal space as well as good fuel economy.


Even if it is small, its interior has one of the most spacious areas within its class. Besides that, the hatchback style, the cargo space of about 52 cubic feet and Honda’s Magic Seats can give you a lot of flexibility with this choice.


2018 Volkswagen GTI

After a fresh start in 2018, the Volkswagen GTI now surpasses almost every other small car today. It now has one of the longest warranties for its class along with a safety score – providing potential buyers with some assurance that it is a practical choice.


Besides that, the GTI also has nice acceleration and is agile enough in terms of handling that makes city driving fun. This is especially true since it has all of the features present to allow for comfortable transportation.


2019 Kia Soul

This vehicle doesn’t only offer a unique shape, but you also won’t feel much of a difference despite its 13.6-foot length. The compact car has great cargo capacity for its class which can be obtained at 60 cubic feet. Although you can only get subpar acceleration with the Kia Soul, it offers great handling that you won’t expect in this category.


2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The VW Golf SportWagen is the only wagon added in this list but is also one of the longest. It tops its class with its upscale cabin design, amazing reliability, safety ratings and much-needed internal space.


If you’re looking for a turbocharged engine that will make highway driving fun, the SportWagen is the choice to make. You can also expect tight handling dynamics for its size which allows for easy manoeuvrability in city streets.


2018 Kia Rio

The 2018 model of the Kia Rio has been fully transformed and is one of the top subcompact cars we can recommend. This redesign has made a few changes to make some features standard such as its power locks and windows. It also has some optional choices like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


People can purchase the Rio as a sedan or hatchback and although it may seem affordable, you won’t feel like you’re getting a cheap car at all. It has amazing reliability and safety ratings so you don’t have to worry about the trade price later on.


2018 Honda CR-V

Just because you live in the city does not mean that you can’t choose from the SUVs we have nowadays. The CR-V is only a tiny bit longer than many of the cars in this list but has about double the cargo space. It offers many features which have won it many awards such as being one of the best compact SUVs for its price and is ideal for families.


You can find the CR-V’s cabin to be very well made, despite having just regular features. Its infotainment is easy to use and won’t necessarily distract you while driving.


2019 Chevy Sonic

 You can get the Chevy Sonic in both its sedan and hatchback variants with the two of them prioritising interior space. The subcompact vehicle has the size to let it weave in and out of traffic but has the space for you to stretch as much as you want during long commutes.


Its interior lacks the refinement that some cars in its class offer but it comes packed with comfortable features like its infotainment system that comes with a touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


2018 Toyota Prius

Although not the top compact car nowadays, the 2018 Toyota Prius is a hybrid car in our list that you want to take note of. It offers a sleek inner-city driving ride especially for people who are looking to go environment-friendly.


One can expect long list of regular tech and safety features along with plentiful cargo space. Furthermore, it is guaranteed by the excellent safety standards of Toyota itself and has an above-average safety score to boot.


2019 Hyundai Kona

Last but definitely not the least is the Hyundai Kona which is one of the best subcompact SUVs you can have for city driving. It came out guns blazing last year with great handling, a solid engine as well as an upscale interior design. It is an amazing SUV to have if you live in the city since its compact design will allow you to fit in tight spaces yet still sufficiently zippy to let you ride around town.


The Kona brings with it some of the standard safety features such as forward collision warning, rearview camera, lane keep assist and driver attention monitor.