bmw 2 seriesDeveloping compact cars is quickly becoming a renowned specialty of Europe. Compact cars are gaining demand as the streets are narrow, parking spaces are tight and roads are getting more crowded than ever. Europeans are also well-known for their car-crazed population demanding beauty, drive, and functionality, all-in-one. Below are the top compact cars in Europe for 2016:

Audi A3
Efficiency, design, technology, and quality, all rolled up into this downsized package for people who do not have many back-seat passengers or luggage to carry around. With additional options for a 1.8-liter turbo engine, Sportback E-tron, a hybrid hatchback, or the high-performance s3 which combines 292 horsepower with four-wheel drive. More adaptive technology includes cruise control and lane keeping assist throughout the range.

BMW 2 Series
A more modernized version of the BMW 1 Series, the 2 series does not have as much back passenger space but it definitely has a well-built cabin. It is powered with a 228i with 240 horsepower, M235i with 320 horsepower, which are both available in 4 wheel drive.

BMW 3 Series
This is probably the most highly thought of sports sedan in history. No other such car has been able to match its upscale ambiance, drivability, and practicality. This is probably the most luxurious series as compared to its predecessors. The present range of this series underlines its desirability and dominance.

Ford Focus
This car comes in either a sedan or a hatchback with 252 horsepower ST or 350 horsepower, 4 wheel drive RS hatch. It is very difficult to find a quality ride which is firm and composed and still very comfortable and compact, especially in this price range.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
This compact sedan is the least expensive Mercedes-Benz and yet it is actually equipped quite well for the price. This 4 wheel drive has another version CLA45 AMG with 375 horsepower coming from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and is obviously more costly.

Mini Cooper
These cars are safe and come with so many personalization options and are something real fun to drive. For example, the 134 horsepower Cooper Hardtop has one the best front drive chassis which delivers quick response and informative steering. The Cooper S has 189 horsepower and the John Cooper Works has 228 horsepower.

Volkswagen Golf
With a global sale of $30 million dollars, the basic golf is a spacious, comfortable and practical car. It has a 1.8-liter turbo four which delivers 170 horsepower. More variants have 210, 220 and 290 horsepower with 2.0-liter turbo four. A greener version also exists with all-electric functionality.

The demands of Europeans include classy yet intricate styling’s matched with perfect steering and faultless suspensions. The above mentioned European compact cars have displayed such an extent of sophistication and class that buying anything larger and/or more powerful is becoming very hard to justify. So take a look at all these compact cars before you opt for a bulkier version.