Looking for the best sports compact car? To help you narrow down your choices, we study the top models and performance features of the best sport compact cars, and here are some of the top contenders for compact cars, ranked by their strengths.

Honda Civic Type R

The reigning king of hot hatches, the Type R boasts a turbocharged 306-hp engine, sharp handling, and a track-ready suspension. It’s not the most comfortable daily driver, but it’s exhilarating on the open road.

Engine2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower306 hp
Torque310 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive wheelsFront-wheel drive
Fuel economy22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway
0-60 mph5.1 seconds
Top speed169 mph
Starting price$40,150

Toyota GR Corolla

This newcomer aims to dethrone the Civic Type R with its even more powerful 300-hp turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, and aggressive styling. Early reviews praise its agility and performance, but its practicality is somewhat limited.

Engine1.6L 3-cylinder turbocharged G16E
Horsepower300 hp at 6300 rpm
Torque273 lb-ft at 3000-5500 rpm
Transmission6-speed manual
DrivetrainAll-wheel drive with Torsen limited-slip differentials
Fuel economy21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, 23 mpg combined
Curb weight3,241 lbs
0-60 mph5.2 seconds
Top speed169 mph
Starting price$36,295

Hyundai Elantra N

A more affordable alternative to the Type R and GR Corolla, the Elantra N offers impressive performance for its price. Its 276-hp turbocharged engine, responsive handling, and comfortable interior make it a well-rounded choice.

Engine2.0L turbocharged I4
Horsepower276 hp (281 hp with N Performance Package)
Torque311 lb-ft (324 lb-ft with N Performance Package)
Transmission6-speed manual or 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-60 mph)5.3 seconds (manual), 5.1 seconds (N Performance Package with dual-clutch automatic)
Top speed155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel economy22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway (manual), 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway (dual-clutch automatic)
Curb weight3,425 lbs (manual), 3,523 lbs (dual-clutch automatic)
Starting MSRP$30,495

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The GTI might not be the most powerful car on this list, but it delivers a balanced and enjoyable driving experience with its 241-hp turbocharged engine, sharp handling, and comfortable interior. Its starting price is lower than some competitors, making it a good value proposition.

Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower241 hp
Torque270 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Fuel economy23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Acceleration0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds (manual), 6.2 seconds (automatic)
Top speed145 mph
Seating capacity5
Cargo space17.4 cubic feet behind rear seats, 30.4 cubic feet with rear seats folded
Starting price$30,545

Subaru WRX

The WRX’s turbocharged 271-hp engine and standard all-wheel drive make it a fun and capable performer, especially on twisty roads and in winter weather. While its interior isn’t the most luxurious, it offers good value for its price tag.

Engine2.4L turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder
Horsepower271 hp at 5600 rpm
Torque258 lb-ft at 2000-5200 rpm
Transmission6-speed manual or CVT
DrivetrainSymmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined)18 mpg / 24 mpg / 21 mpg (manual)
0-60 mph5.4 seconds (manual)
Top Speed145 mph (manual)
Seating Capacity5
Cargo Capacity12.3 cubic feet
Starting MSRP$30,600 (manual)

Mini Cooper JCW GP

This limited-edition Mini Cooper packs a 301-hp punch and delivers a thrilling driving experience thanks to its sharp handling and aggressive suspension. However, its high price tag and limited availability make it less practical than some other options.

Engine2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder
Horsepower317 hp
Torque332 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed automatic
Acceleration (0-60 mph)5.0 seconds
Top speed165 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway)23 mpg / 31 mpg
Seating capacity4
Starting price₹ 80,00,000 (approx.)


The Mazda3 strikes a great balance between sportiness and practicality. Its available turbocharged engine provides ample power, while its hatchback and sedan body styles offer good cargo space. The interior is also comfortable and well-equipped.

Engine2.0L 4-cylinder or 2.5L 4-cylinder
Transmission6-speed automatic or manual
Drive wheelsFront-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Fuel economyUp to 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway (2.0L)
Fuel economyUp to 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway (2.5L)
Seating capacity5
Trunk space13.2 cubic feet
Starting MSRP$22,250

Honda Civic Si

The Si offers a sportier driving experience than the standard Civic, but it doesn’t sacrifice too much practicality. Its available hatchback body style provides decent cargo space, and the interior is comfortable and well-equipped.

Engine1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower200 hp
Torque192 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive wheelsFront-wheel drive
0-60 mph6.7 seconds
Top speed141 mph
Fuel economy (city)26 mpg
Fuel economy (highway)36 mpg
Fuel economy (combined)31 mpg
Starting price$31,100

Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf R delivers hot hatch performance with hatchback practicality. Its 315-hp turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive make it a blast to drive, while its spacious cargo area and comfortable interior make it a good choice for everyday use.

Engine2.0L turbocharged TSI I4
Horsepower315 hp
Torque295 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
DrivetrainAll-wheel drive
0-60 mph4.1 seconds
Top speed155 mph
Fuel economy23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Starting price$41,290
Seating capacity5
Cargo space19.9 cubic feet

Acura Integra Type S

The new Integra Type S brings back the iconic nameplate with a focus on luxury and performance. Its 306-hp turbocharged engine provides ample power, while its refined interior and comfortable ride make it a great choice for luxury-minded drivers.

Engine300-hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-60 mph)5.5 seconds (automatic)
Top Speed141 mph (estimated)
Fuel Economy (EPA)25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway (automatic)
Seating Capacity5 passengers
Cargo Space12.3 cubic feet
Curb Weight3,800 lbs (estimated)
Starting MSRP$36,800

BMW M240i

The M240i offers a blend of luxury and performance that’s hard to beat in this segment. Its turbocharged 382-hp engine delivers thrilling acceleration, while its comfortable interior and high-quality materials make it a joy to spend time in.

Engine3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-6
Horsepower382 hp
Torque369 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed automatic
DrivetrainRear-wheel drive (RWD)
Acceleration (0-60 mph)4.3 seconds
Top Speed155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Economy (EPA)22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway
Curb Weight3,717 lbs
Seating Capacity4 passengers
Cargo Space13.8 cubic feet
Starting MSRP$49,545

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

The CLA 35 combines sleek coupe styling with a powerful 302-hp turbocharged engine and a luxurious interior. While not as practical as some other options, it offers a unique blend of style, performance, and comfort.

Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower302 hp
Torque295 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
DriveAll-wheel drive
0-60 mph4.6 seconds
Top speed155 mph
Fuel economy22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Starting price$47,150

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