Imagine you are taking a road trip and the car seats are cramped. Half the fun of the trip gets lost there and then. We get a car for comfort, and if a car can’t give you that basic necessity, what use is it buying one anyway? The good news is almost all good manufacturers consider comfort while designing their cars. At the same time, cars with uncomfortable, unpadded, or cramped seats are not unheard of.
Some cars have been launched with these flaws due to lame sloppy designs and some due to market pressure of making trendy cars. To help you with the decision of which one to select or avoid, today we are going to share with you ten compact cars that have surprisingly good leg space despite being, well, compact cars. Let's do it.
10 2019 Mazda 3 Five-door
The Mazda 3 looks attractive and delivers decent performance with good handling. The 3 is closely competing with Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic in terms of fun, comfort and driving range. They are so fun to drive that they are beating the sales of crossovers in spite of being small cars.
It comes with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine, which offers 160 horsepower. The car comes in 4 doors and 5 doors both. It comes equipped with great luxurious leather, well-padded seats and leg space of a good 35.8 inches. One of the most fun and comfortable cars in the market.
9 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback
The Civic looks sporty and aggressive and comes equipped with a powerful turbocharged engine that yields an impressive 180 horsepower. The compact is a stunner and offers smooth ride and handling. The Civic excels in interiors with classy trims and comfortable cabins. It truly is setting benchmarks for all compact hatchbacks. This one offers standard seating for five adults and a cargo area that is a huge 25.7 cubic feet, which will accommodate all your luggage and gear. The leg space is a staggering 36 inches. It also offers a great 31 mpg city that makes our favorite Civic the roomiest compact around.
8 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek tries to please everyone with a chunk of something. It is a comfortable, high strength tough compact car that looks decent and offers a smooth ride and reasonable handling. The compact is one of the most comfortable hatchbacks for its size with its spacious cabins and huge cargo area. The rear seats are an exclusive feature with a sixty/forty split foldable option that further makes it versatile. The legroom is 36.5 inches, which can easily seat tall adults and 20.8 cubic feet of trunk space that expands to more than double the size when the rear seats are folded down.
7 2019 Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 exudes an Italian vibe with its gorgeous exteriors. It comes with a 1.4-liter standard Multi Air turbo engine placed at the rear that yields a good 160 horsepower and massive torque. It is a decent compact with great handling, good suspension, and smooth drive experience. The compact is so roomy and comfortable that the Pope chose this one instead of a larger SUV when he was traveling to the US in 2015. This one has a staggering 41 inches of headspace and almost 40 inches of leg space, which can more than easily seat any tall adult. But, this is not all, the car offers 70 feet of trunk space with the rear seats folded down, which is much more than some crossovers even. What more can we ask?
6 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
The Golf Sportwagen comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine yielding 147 horsepower. It comes with an all-wheel-drive system with options for a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. A long list of driver safety aids follows on the top of all that.
The compact delivers a powerful throttle and an athletic ride. The Sportwagen is a versatile beast with an extremely fun and smooth drive and humongous cargo space for your ridiculously large 7-Eleven midday hauls. The rear seat legroom offers 35.6 inches of space and a surprising 66.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the seats folded down. This car by one of the wealthiest car companies is a total package.
5 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai calls the Elantra GT a hatchback that has your back and we agree to a good extent. It comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that yields 201 horsepower, a smooth ride, great handling, decent predicted reliability, and roomy interiors. On top of all this, the car is jaw-droppingly handsome. The cabin is quiet, the drive joyful, seats come with a wide adjustment range and there is an optional seat ventilation system. The front seats are exceptionally roomy in all dimensions and the rear seats are not cramped. The leg space is 34.8 inches and nearly 25 cubic feet of trunk space ensures you can carry your luggage with ease.
4 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The Corolla Hatchback, unlike the other Toyota attempts, is a hatchback in the true sense. Moreover, it looks gorgeous too. It comes equipped with a 2-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 168 horsepower and offers decent acceleration. This compact offers a smooth ride and fairly nice handling on all sorts of road surfaces. It is comfortable and at the same time, doesn’t compromise with on visibility. In addition, it comes with a long list of advanced driving aid features. The rear seats offer a leg space of about 30 inches and the cargo space expands up to 17.8 cubic feet, allowing you to carry all your gear with ease.
3 2019 Toyota Prius Prime
The Prius Prime is a perfect hatchback with tons of driver safety aids, a decent ride, and exceptional gas mileage. It comes with a four-cylinder engine with a variable automatic transmission that delivers 128 horsepower. The car undoubtedly steals the show with it’s gorgeous, stellar looks. The front seats are comfortable with roomy leg space and headroom and the rear seats are spacious as well. The trunk space is much more than most compact cars out in the market. The cargo area is almost 20 cubic feet which are more than decent to carry the family’s groceries, to say the least.
2 2019 Jeep Renegade
The Renegade comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that yields 180 horsepower and 175-pound feet of torque. The engine comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission, delivers a surprisingly smooth ride, good handling, and a raw driving experience that Jeep owners enjoy anyways and average acceleration. It is simply the best off-roader on the market in comparison to all the others in the same price range. If you want to do a lot of off-roading, get the Trailhawk version. The rear seats offer comfortable leg space of 35.1 inches, more than 40 inches of headroom and 18.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Truly comfortable this one is!
1 2019 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is a stylish compact hatchback with the best value for the money. It has been ranked number one in all compact and subcompact cars and it comes with a four-cylinder engine delivering 130 horses and 114 pound-feet of torque. It is equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission and the CVT helps to give a lovely drive experience and agile handling. The rear legroom is a whopping 40 inches and the trunk space, which is standard at 16.6 cubic feet if the rear seats are occupied, but pushes up to more than 50 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. There is an exclusive feature of “Magic Seat,” which folds the bottom cushion down to create extra space for carrying things like a houseplant safely.