At the beginning of the year, we took on the hit parade of cars in Germany and determined the top 5 in the most important categories. Among the compacts, three related ones make it into the top 5.
You shouldn't copy them, the compact ones. The former Volkswagens are still finding a considerable number of buyers. Above all, by far the model that gave the whole class its name.
Approvals 2020: 136 324
With over 30 million sales, golf has long been an institution. As classless as the Beetle once was, the Golf is the multitool among the compacts. Somehow he can do everything. Timeless in design, with space, overview, comfort and a huge selection, the Golf exudes enormous aplomb when driving. Even if there were repeated problems with the software on the Golf 8, some materials are visibly subject to the need to save and no model can produce less than 20 euros, the Golf remains the German driver's favorite child.
Engines: Petrol 90, 110, 130, 150 PS, 245 PS, 300 PS. Diesel 115, 150, 200 hp. Mild hybrid 110, 150 hp. Plug-in hybrid 204 hp, 245 hp. Bivalent (natural gas / petrol) 130 hp
Prices: 20 477 euros (90 hp petrol engine), station wagon variant: 29 423 euros (diesel 115 hp)
Approvals 2020: 53 378
In the fourth generation (since 2018), the Focus has once again gained in format. Typically in the Ford shape, with distinctive folds on the bonnet, it plays the dynamic among the compacts. Its rather sporty chassis set-up is one of the most routine in the industry, as is the good quality and use of space, the small Eco-Boost engines are known for their high performance with low consumption. The SYNC 3 multimedia system listens to your word and finally manages with fewer buttons; the basic equipment is generous.
Engines: petrol 100, 125, 150, 182, 200 hp. Mild hybrid 155 hp, diesel 95, 120, 150 hp.
Prizes: 21 euros (limo, 200 hp petrol engine), combi tournament: from 100 euros
Approvals 2020: 53 302
The Octavia has grown up not only visually with its new, wide radiator grille. The fourth generation, released in 2020, blows the compact class with a length of almost 4,70 meters. But based on the MQB Evo platform of the VW Golf, but with a slightly longer wheelbase. The station wagon with a load volume of 640 to 1700 liters is still the most popular. The quality is excellent, the space is extremely generous and the handling is golf-like. The Octavia is fully networked, the infotainment system with a display of up to ten inches is essentially the same as that of the Golf 8.
Engines: Petrol 115, 150, 190 hp. Diesel: 115, 150, 184 hp.
Prices: from 20 890 euros (sedan 115 hp petrol engine), station wagon: from 21 470 euros
Approvals 2020: 43 391
The A brings a dash of extravagance to the compact class - and screws down the average age of buyers in the fourth generation by a full ten years. Innovative technology, high connectivity, assistance systems from the luxury class and the MBUX multimedia system, which gets to know the driver better and better over time, using artificial intelligence. While seats, quality and comfort justify the confident prices, noise insulation and space are only average. If you want, you can get all-wheel drive and up to 421 hp in the A sedan.
Engines: Petrol 109, 136, 163 224, 306, 387, 421 hp. Plug-in hybrid: 218 hp.
Diesel: 116, 150, 190 hp.
Prices: from 27 euros (644-door, 5 hp petrol engine), sedan: from 109 euros
Approvals 2020: 37 310
The third Golf brother also makes it into the top 5. The beautiful Seat Leon, for everyone who wants a bit more spicy golf. Because the fourth generation has a five centimeter longer wheelbase, there is plenty of space in the back. In the Leon cockpit, which works almost without buttons, much is reminiscent of the Golf. Except that the Spaniard's voice control reacts to "Hola, Hola". Seat gets assistance systems and connectivity from the group shelf. When driving, Leon is more sporty than his German brother, without being uncomfortable.
Engines: Petrol 90, 110, 130, 150 hp. Plug-in hybrid: 204 hp.
Diesel: 115, 150 hp.
Prices: from 20 euros (750-door, 5 hp petrol engine), station wagon ST: from 90 euros