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What is a 'compact' car in car rental?

What is a 'compact' car in car rental?

Rental companies change their fleets frequently, and they often don’t know precisely which cars will be available. Cars will need cleaning, servicing, repairing and replacing. This is why every rental car has ‘or similar’ next to the make and model you’re looking at. If you choose to rent a compact car, the ‘or similar’ options will be other compact cars.

Compact cars are the next group up from economy cars and are the group below intermediate cars.

Helping you compare: compact cars

Here are some examples of compact cars. They have slightly different specifications and look different on the surface, but they all have similar-sized engines, dimensions, and luggage and passenger space. So any one of these – as well as other compact cars not shown – could be provided when you book any car in the compact group.

Picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Vauxhall Astra, Hyundai i30
Bottom row, left to right: Ford Focus, Peugeot 306
Picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Fiat Qubo, Ford Fusion 
Bottom row, left to right: Volkswagen Golf, Opel Meriva

To find out more about rental car categories, see:
What is an ‘ Estate’ in car rental?
What is an 'economy' car in car rental?
What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?
What is a 'mini' in car rental?
What is a 'people carrier' in car rental?
What is a 'standard' car in car rental?
What is an 'SUV' in car rental?

 

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