Dubai is nothing less than the Mecca for all car lovers! But if you’re living in Dubai, you’re probably aware of the struggle to find the right parking spot, especially if it’s the weekend. Even if you have parking spots in your building, some of them are so narrow that you wouldn’t take a chance with a swanky sedan or massive SUV!

For these reasons, the idea of owning a small car is appealing to many residents. But of course, small car buyers like all others wouldn’t like to sacrifice on comfort and style. To manoeuvre on narrow streets, people prefer cars which are smaller in size but still feature a powerful engine under the hood. We’ve compiled a list of these mini rockets which check all the right boxes.

Mini Cooper

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We all know of Mr. Bean’s yellow Mini Cooper. The small compact car has come a long way since then. It is still characterized by that familiar exterior, but is now equipped with more power. The latest Mini Cooper S is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. With a dazzling array of state-of-the-art options like optional LED headlights, 2-zone AC, 8.8” screen and Head-Up Display, this car is completely different from anything else out there.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The VW GTI is small, but its performance cannot be underestimated. Its sleek and aerodynamic design allows it to reach a high speed, which does justice to the 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine. All GTI’s have three driving modes – Eco, normal and sport, thus allowing motorists to choose as per their preference. Some of the features included are Bi-xenon headlamps, Radio “Composition Media”, electronic stability control with driver steering recommendation, Parallel parking assistant “Park Assist” including park distance control and much more.

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Volkswagen Beetle

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If you’re looking to get a car that is compact, has a unique recognizable shape, and is sure to make heads turn on the streets, then the Volkswagen Beetle should be on top of your list. The 2016 model has a flatter roof-line much like its ancestral model. The fun-to-drive model is powered by a 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine and is equipped with a rear spoiler, automatic headlights and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The top-of-the-range model comes with a sports interior and bigger tyres.

Fiat 500

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If you want to buy a car that boasts a retro design, and at the same time has all the features and functions expected in a 21st century car – the Fiat 500 is it! The Fiat 500 is a little compact car which is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.4L engine, has good fuel economy and is available in several options among which is a Gucci model with luxurious Gucci trademark upholstery. Features include fire prevention system, follow-me headlamp and much more.

Ford Figo

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If an attention-grabbing design is not your thing and you’re looking for something a little more subtle, the Ford Figo can be considered as a good option. Figo combines fun with affordability. It is compact making it perfect for nipping in and out of busy city traffic, and features a spacious cabin for your family and friends. The 5-door hatchback is available in 4-cylinder 1.2L or 1.5L engine options.

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