sub·​com·​pact | \ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt \

Definition of subcompact 

: an automobile smaller than a compact

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Video provided by TheStreet Newslook The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two all-new subcompact crossover SUVs that are getting a lot of attention this year. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two all-new subcompact crossover SUVs that are getting a lot of attention this year. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 While back-seat space is subcompact, the cargo space is much more accommodating, which makes the XC40 an ideal companion for two adventure-seeking adults. Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volvo XC40: Small but packed with innovation," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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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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