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One of the drawbacks of driving a subcompact is its typical lack of cargo space. Obviously, larger vehicles can carry more, but not everyone has the space to park a larger vehicle. Fortunately, some subcompacts boast midsize sedan-level amounts of cargo space. Looking at all nine offerings, here’s how the segment models stack up against each other.  

#9: MINI Cooper – 8.7 cubic feet

2022 MINI Cooper
2022 MINI Cooper convertible | MINI USA BMW North America

The MINI Cooper will struggle to hold more than a week’s worth of groceries. However, with the rear seats folded, its 34 cubic feet can easily swallow a month’s worth of items.

#8: Chevrolet Spark – 11.1 cubic feet

Chevrolet Spark
2020 Chevrolet Spark | Chevrolet

The Spark’s cargo space is rather unimpressive. Yet, with the rear seats folded down, the Chevrolet’s 27.2 cubic feet beats out others in the subcompact segment.

#7: Mitsubishi Mirage G4 – 12.6 cubic feet

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 | Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi’s smallest sedan offers an average amount of cargo space as standard. Luckily, folding seats expanded it to 47 cubic feet—a welcome sight in a small car.

#6: Kia Rio sedan – 13.7 cubic feet

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2023 Kia Rio sedan | Kia

The room is better than one would get from a typical midsize sedan’s trunk. A low floor and a fold-down rear row in the Kia means owners will have a maximum of 32.8 cubic feet available.

#5: Hyundai Accent – 13.7 cubic feet

A red Hyundai Accent, which is one of the most reliable Hyundai models.
Hyundai Accent | Hyundai Motor Company

While the Accent’s cargo space is only average, the large trunk opening and low load height make it easy to access. However, the rear seats don’t fold flat, thus defeating some of the Hyundai’s utility.

#4: Nissan Versa – 14.7/15 cubic feet

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2023 Nissan Versa | Nissan

The trim level will determine the Versa’s cargo space. Regardless, each is fairly spacious for the segment. Moreover, the rear seats fold down but are not flat.

#3: Mitsubishi Mirage – 17.1 cubic feet

2023 Mitsubishi Mirage
2023 Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

Nearly 50 percent larger than its sedan sibling, the Mirage hatchback offers impressive cargo space. Moreover, a potential 47 cubic feet can be had with folding rear seats.

#2: Kia Rio hatchback – 17.4 cubic feet

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2023 Kia Rio five-door | Kia

The five-door version of the previous Kia has its benefits with a slightly larger size. That makes the decision easier for those who want a subcompact but don’t want to lose practicality.

#1: MINI Clubman – 17.5 cubic feet

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2022 MINI Clubman | MINI USA

The four-door version of the previous MINI coupe provides immense cargo space. Yet, that’s probably expected out of a sedan. With its 60/40 split-folding rear seating row, owners have an extraordinary 47.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Is cargo space really that important?

While cargo may not be the most significant issue of everyday life, it’s essential for trips to the grocery store or road trips. A subcompact’s cargo space may avoid scrutiny if only the driver has to worry about it. However, families will likely experience their cargo space limits once grocery bags are piled in the back, and there are still more errands to run.

For those looking to expand their small, mobile cargo holds, selecting a subcompact wherein the rear seats fold flat is essential. This will help owners have a stable foundation for packing in precious items.


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