The mini-compact car market is a car category that features cars with a combined interior passenger and cargo volume of 85 cubic feet or less. This market segment has many great choices, which is great news for people who are in the market looking for a nice small car, as this means that you have a wide choice. But since that is the case, the fact that you have a wide choice can also prove to be confusing and make it difficult for one to arrive at an informed choice.
In this article, we will take a brief look at some of the cars in this category that are available at BE FORWARD at a price of less than US$ 1700 in trying to inform you and simplify your decision-making.
Most of these small cars, regardless of their size do offer enough cargo space, an interior that’s practical enough to handle the demands of families, provide advanced safety features, and are competitively priced.
Kia Morning (Picanto) USD 1,100~
The KIA Morning is a small and affordable car manufactured by KIA Motors. The KIA Morning is a cheerful 5-seat 4-door car that has been around since 2004 and is now in its 3rd generation, released in 2017.
The entry-level KIA Morning is so basic; it features a central locking and 2-speaker stereo system, while the mid-range trim is well equipped with features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels as standard, and a leather steering wheel.
The upper range KIA Morning is the best with features such as the cruise control, sleek color display with sat-nav, back-view camera, climate control, back parking sensors. The sportier GT adds a heated steering wheel and heated seats.
The KIA Morning comes fitted with a choice of petrol engines to select from beginning with the naturally aspirated G3LA 1.0L I3 engine that produces 70 lb-ft of torque and 67 hp, the naturally aspirated G4LA 1.25L I4 engine that produces 89 lb-ft and 85 hp, or the turbocharged G3LB 1.0L I3 engine that produces 101 lb-ft of torque and 105 hp. These engines are linked to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. The average fuel consumption is around 20 km/l to 22 km/l depending on the engine.
Daewoo Matiz (Chevrolet Spark) USD 800~
The Matiz is a high-class small 5-seater car from the Korean automaker, Daewoo Motors. In another market known as the newer Chevrolet Spark. The rounded 5-door style has been redesigned as a new Matiz with changes to the interior design, and full-colored body. At the Munich Technical Research Institute in Germany, the engine advanced exclusively for compact cars Daewoo OHC 800cc 3-cylinder engine that produced 52 hp / 7.3 kgm of power and torque. There are 2 types of transmissions, the floor shift 4AT and 5MT. The suspension has struts on the front and the isolation trailing on the back. There are 3 grades: AM, MG for 5MT vehicles, and advanced AA for 4AT vehicles.
The vehicle is equipped with front fog lights, a CD changer, a car alarm & keyless entry system, and aluminum wheels. Pretensioner seat belts and dual airbags come as standard safety equipment. Daewoo Matiz is a fuel-efficient car with around 15.6 to 16.4 km/l combined city and highway, an efficiency that makes it as reasonable as it is reliable.
Chevrolet Spark USD 1,600~
The Chevrolet Spark is a 5-door 5-passenger car manufactured by GM Korea from 1998.
It comes fitted with a 1.2L engine that produces 84 hp. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 16.6 km/l on the highway and you can see how the Spark is a fuel-efficient car.
The Spark does beat some of its competitors by offering great cabin and cargo space of 31 cubic feet with the back seats folded down. The Spark has been sold as a rebadged version in different markets, but from 2010 it assumed the Chevrolet brand worldwide.
Suzuki Alto USD 1,130~
Suzuki Alto is a 3 or 5-door 4-passenger mini-compact car manufactured by Suzuki from 1979 currently in its eighth generation.
Suzuki Alto’s interior is quite appealing. As a driver, you feel like you’re on top of the world thanks to the ease and excellent seating optics in which you’re able to access the instrument panel.
The Suzuki Alto is sure to tick most of your driving needs without breaking the bank and is capable of carrying 4 passengers.
The Suzuki Alto comes with a touch of elegance on the exterior. The headlights have an ultramodern feel to them and the overall shape is a little boxy. That said, the wheel region gives it a more rounded look that balances out the design and tells you that this is more than your typical compact vehicle.
The Suzuki Alto is fitted with 1.0L 3 cylinder engines with a 68 hp, just the right specs to make this a fuel efficiency model. The Alto can give you the surprise i.e. excellent city driving and long-distance drives though it’s not the most powerful engine in the world.
The Suzuki Alto has great fuel efficiency with a fuel capacity of 35 liters. On average, the fuel consumption is around 21.5 km/l on the manual transmission. For the automatic transmission, fuel consumption is around 20.0 km/l.
Daihatsu Mira USD 1,130~
From 1980 to 2018 Daihatsu started to manufacture the Mira. It is a 3 or 5-door hatchback, a front-engine, front-wheel-drive/4WD layout with 7 successive generations before it was discontinued in 2018.
It is fitted with a KF-VE 658cc twin-cam DVVT I3 with a maximum power output of 58 hp and torque of 65Nm mated with a 5-speed manual, 3-speed automatic, or CVT transmission.
Some of the prominent safety features are Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), 7 airbags, an Anti-Lock Braking System, sideway skidding control, and Traction Control. It is one of the most famous models of the Daihatsu, because of its spacious interior, budget-friendly price, and sporty style.
For everyday duties such as running errands, commuting, and popping around town, a small car is the best practical choice. With the increasing demand for SUVs, automakers have taken efforts to add new technologies, performance, and fuel efficiency and maximize interior space to keep shoppers interested. As a result, the latest small cars today have the amenities and back-seat room you might have expected in a midsized car only a few years ago. You check out BE FORWARD stock to choose one of the listed mini cars above for a great deal.
Written by: Josephat Lukaza