sub·com·pact | \ ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt \

Definition of subcompact 

: an automobile smaller than a compact

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The end goal is a high-end sporty subcompact SUV that is quiet, comfortable, and fun to drive—and Jaguar has largely succeeded. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 The average price for a three-year-old subcompact car was up 3 percent and compact cars rose 3.9 percent in the first quarter compared to the year before, said. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Used car prices hit a 13-year high as more late-model cars come off lease," 15 June 2018 Nissan, which makes the Leaf electric car, March subcompact and Infiniti luxury models, said the safety and fuel economy of all the vehicles still were within required limits. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Nissan says exhaust tests were altered in latest scandal," 9 July 2018 The electric version of the Fiat 500 subcompact sells at a staggering $20,000 loss in the U.S. Gabrielle Coppola,, "How to Lease a $50,000 BMW for Less Than a Subway Pass," 14 May 2018 Why yes, that is Volvo’s new subcompact crossover, the first of the 40-series models built on the Compact Modular Architecture. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018 The brand had considerable success with the subcompact Rabbit in the late 1970s, following the end of Beetle sales in the United States. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 2018 In a value-conscious group like subcompacts, the 2018 Accent is acceptable in many ways and impressive in a few. Kelsey Mays, USA TODAY, "Review: Hyundai Accent is all work and no show," 4 May 2018 Roomy and comfortable enough The X2 has a sportier-looking profile than other subcompact crossovers like the Audi Q3. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Small, nimble, quick, and loud: The BMW X2 reviewed," 23 May 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subcompact

: a very small car

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