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    Compact Car Rentals in Europe & Worldwide

    Compact Car Rental in EuropeA compact car rental in Europe is the perfect option for families looking for a safe and economical vehicle. The most common compact models in Europe are the VW Golf and Opel Astra, which are similar in size to the Ford Focus. Each model offers seating for up to four passengers, with approximately 25-30 miles per gallon and 12-14 cubic feet of luggage space. This will accommodate around three small to medium bags or suitcases.

    About Renting a Compact Car

    A compact rental car might be the best option for your next trip to Europe. It's the perfect way to keep it simple when you navigate the often very narrow streets of Europe's older cities, and you'll also enjoy ample storage space, allowing you to tour in comfort and style. The compact class offers a nice upgrade from the economy fleet, and can comfortably accommodate up to four passengers, providing each passenger with more interior space.

    Learn more about this vehicle fleet, and choose from a long list of available compact car rentals, including some of the best and safest options on the European market. When you're ready to book your compact car rental, simply fill in the "search" form on any page of our site, and you'll be ready to go!

    What is a Compact Car?

    Essentially, a "not too small and not too big" description defines the compact class car. Fitting squarely in the middle of the subcompact fleet and mid-size categories, a compact vehicle is roomy enough for small families, as it provides plenty of extra space for one or two passengers and is a popular choice due to its affordable rental price. Learn more about the differences between a compact car rental and an economy car with Auto Europe.

    The first American compact car was introduced in 1950, as the Nash Rambler. Small family cars gained popularity throughout Europe in the 1960s, in order to satisfy the demand for something roomier than a small economy car, but smaller than a large sedan. In older cities around Europe, chances are good that you'll find plenty of compact vehicles out on the road. 

    Compact Car Rental Benefits

    Narrow Street in EuropeSince the debut of small cars, the trend toward maximizing size within these models has continued. Consumers want cars that have the maneuverability of smaller cars, but they don't necessarily want to skimp on available storage volume or interior space. In this regard, the compact class of rental cars certainly delivers.

    With the size of a compact car rental located somewhere between large and small, this class of vehicles generally provides much more interior space for passengers, as well as trunk space. Small compact cars are an ideal option for extra storage space and ease of travel, as European vehicles are often smaller and roads are generally narrower.

    Compact automobiles also have great safety standards and fuel efficiency. Fuel economy is comparable to that of the economy class, but the larger size and additional safety features keep drivers and passengers safer and more at ease during travel. 

    Compact Car Features

    Compact car rentals through Auto Europe are comprised of a variety of options, in terms of interior features and exterior styles. You can find hatchbacks, small wagons, sedans, and even compact SUVs in this class. There are also numerous options and upgrades available within this class. A full list of features, how much luggage each model car can accommodate, etc. can be found when you do a search in the booking engine at the top of this page.

    Choose From the Best and Safest Compact Cars

    Auto Europe offers an impressive list of compact models for rent, some of them among the best in Europe. A few of the safest and most reliable compact car models we offer include the Mercedes A Class, which is a four-door luxury hatchback that features pristine German manufacturing and an automatic transmission. The Mercedes A Class also has great fuel efficiency, at 42 highway miles per gallon.

    Another popular compact rental car option is the four-door Ford Focus. It offers manual transmission and great gas mileage, coming in at 28 city miles and 30 highway miles. Further establishing the Focus as a great rental car, it comes with a roomy 14 cubic feet of trunk space.

    If it's just you and your loved one, why not try a two-door Citroen DS3? The Citroen comes with an open rooftop, perfect for a romantic drive along the Amalfi coastline. Opel also provides some great compact options, including the Opel Astra, with top-notch fuel economy, plenty of storage space, and interior features that highlight comfort and ergonomics.

    Rent the Best Compact Cars with Auto Europe

    When you choose Auto Europe to rent a car in Europe, you have a range of options in the compact car class. And we offer you the best rates in Europe, guaranteed. We also make sure you only deal with top-notch, knowledgeable reservation agents who always put our clients first. At Auto Europe, you'll come out on top and drive away in the right European compact car rental for your next travel adventure. Search for your car online, or call us toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555 to speak with a specialist.

    Popular Compact Car Rental Models in Europe

    Below you'll find a selection of some of the most popular compact models in our fleet. Click on any model in the list to see vehicle specs, luggage capacity, engine details, information about fuel economy and more.

    Hyundai i30 Rental
    Hyundai i30
    Kia Ceed Rental
    Kia Ceed
    Peugeot 2008 Rental
    Peugeot 2008
    Renault Captur Rental
    Renault Captur
    Seat Leon Rental
    Seat Leon
    Audi A3 Rental
    Audi A3
    BMW 1 Series Rental
    BMW 1 Series
    Nissan Juke Rental
    Nissan Juke
    Toyota Auris Rental
    Toyota Auris
    Volkswagen Golf Rental
    Volkswagen Golf
    Ford Focus Rental
    Ford Focus
    Mercedes A Class Rental
    Mercedes A Class
    Nissan Versa Rental
    Nissan Versa
    Peugeot 308 Rental
    Peugeot 308
    Renault Megane Rental
    Renault Megane
    Toyota Corolla Rental
    Toyota Corolla
    Vauxhall Astra Rental
    Vauxhall Astra
    Fiat 500L Rental
    Fiat 500L