By Ashley Oldfield, September 2nd, 2015 www.cars.co.za

We love hatchbacks in South Africa

There’s something about keeping that small car feel but without skimping on practicality. They are easy to park, easy to see out of and generally, drive rather well.

Once you’ve stepped up from budget cars you start looking for something with a bit more prestige and premium-ness. You definitely want a little more power but without too much of a fuel economy hit. This is where the compact car comes in.

We’ve set the bar at R250k for the best compact car list

A good compact car needs to have broad appeal. It should entice both the family buyer as well as the single professional. Design and style are obvious prerequisites and you’re probably going to want excellent functionality from the infotainment system.

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Value for money still remains a pertinent facet for buyers in this market and that’s why we’ve set the price limit at R250 000.

Since this segment also pulls buyers looking for a family car we think it’s necessary to have certain safety features as standard. Electronic stability control and ABS are a must as are dual front airbags.

Here are www.cars.co.za’s best compact cars of 2015:

Ford Focus 1.0T Trend R235 900

Ford-Focus Trend

Quite large for a compact car but it comes in at such a good price point with so much spec we couldn’t leave it out. The award-winning 1-Litre turbo engine supplies ample power in the new, lighter Focus.

Spend R11 940 extra for the Driver Assistance Pack you get a whole raft of desirable features, including Active Park Assist, rear view camera, Lane Departure Warning, Active City Stop, auto lights, auto wipers and a TFT colour screen for the audio system.

And you’re still under the price barrier of R250 000.

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