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8 Smallest Subcompact SUVs in the 2022 Auto Market 

By Daisy Emah-Emah Updated: 05/19/2023 Posted: 08/08/2022

When it comes to vehicles, would you say the good things come in big or small sizes? Most will say big but that’s not always the case.

Small cars are a combination of efficiency and smart design. They are famous for being fuel efficient, comfortable, pocket friendly, and can easily maneuver crowded spaces. 

Small-sized cars are a practical choice if you have to run city errands regularly. They can easily parallel park and many of them are incredibly roomy on the inside. 

Today, with the advancement of technology many small-sized vehicles are quickly adapting and expanding to be more sporty with great handling. Many models come with advanced features and add-ons making them more efficient and reliable. With the soaring fuel prices, many of them have great fuel economy with options and styles unique to their driver. 

We have ranked the 8 smallest subcompact SUVs for buyers who are more comfortable with SUVs that are budget-friendly and small. These vehicles are currently in the 2022 auto market and it’s not too late to add them to your collection…

Smallest Subcompact SUVs

1. 2022 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark is the smallest in size on this list with a length of 143.1 inches and is very pocket friendly. It shines in tight urban spaces where maneuvers are needed to beat traffic and crowded spaces. 

Spark has a tiny 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Just enough for your daily commutes within a small city. It has a range of features and 10 airbags to give the driver adequate protection and a comfortable ride. If you plan on adding the Chevrolet Spark to your collection, now is the time because the automaker announced the discontinuation of this model later this year. 

2. 2022 Hyundai Kona EV

The Hyundai Kona EV is a strong model with a length of 165.6 inches. Its versatility, reliability, competitive price, and strong warranty make it a top choice for many customers. Kona has a standard powertrain of a 64-kWh battery pack, 150 KW electric motor, and 201 hp. 

Kona can travel 132 MPGe in the city and 108 MPGe on the highway, making it a great economy-subcompact SUV. It has many standard features and safety equipment that make it reliable for families and drivers in general. 

3. 2022 Hyundai Venue

The cost-effective Hyundai Venue has a length of 159.1 inches and offers loads of value thanks to Hyundai’s excellent warranty. The Venue is power packed with a four-cylinder engine producing 121 hp enough to get you around town.

It s is well suited for city travel with speed limits and small parking spaces. It is fitted with a lot of driver assistance features and user-friendly controls that offer an excellent driving experience. 

4. 2022 Kia Soul

Kia Soul is famous for its endearing boxy shape and spacious interior, and the subcompact small-sized SUV has made its way to our list. It has a length of 165.2 inches, Soul is a front-wheel drive hatchback with loads of cargo space and gear for luggage junkies. 

Soul has a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both engines produced 147 hp and 201 hp respectively. Although the base power is not sufficient the optional engine makes up for this with a quicker acceleration. Kia Soul also comes with a range of features to give you a pleasant driving experience. 

5. 2023 Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper is a fun car to drive. If you were ever a fan of the movie Italian Job, I bet you desired to own one at one point in your life – if you didn’t already.  Mini has a length of 152.2 inches and a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 134 hp. 

The Mini provides just enough acceleration for an exciting drive. Although it is not cargo friendly with its small cargo, it has other features that make it desirable. It also has fitted standard features that help make the driving experience pleasurable. 

6. 2023 Mini Electric Hardtop

The Mini Electric Hardtop comes with a front-wheel drive and a cozy interior designed with top-notch materials. It has a length of 151.7 inches and is fitted with standard features and control for a smooth ride. 

The Hardtop has a powertrain of a 28.9-kWh battery producing 181 hp, allowing it to quickly accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.9 seconds. It has a driving range of 114 miles on a full charge which is shorter than competitors, but it has other features to love. 

7. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-seat convertible with 154.1 inches in length. Although the Miata is small, it has a roomy interior to accommodate taller drivers with plenty of room for any other person. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rear-wheel drive with a standard 6-speed manual transmission.  

Miata is available in three trims and 6-speed automatic transmission is available in its top trims. Miata has great cornering capabilities with an updated Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) – giving it its fun-to-drive nature. KPC slightly applies the brakes to the rear wheel when taking turns to improve handling. 

8. 2022 Audi TT

The Audi TT is a 165 inches two-seat convertible or four-seat coupe, with a standard Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 hp. It also has a great fuel economy of 26/23/30 MPG combined/city/highway. 

TT has two body styles a driver can choose from. They are also both loaded with standard features to meet drivers’ needs. TT’s all-wheel-drive system allows the coupe to be relevant in all weather conditions. Its small size doesn’t stop it from having an impressive cargo space. 

Further Reading

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Source: U.S. News