The compact cars, also called small family cars make up for the segment between the small cars and the mid-sized family vehicles. The compact cars have become largely popular in 1990s and many car models from this category have been awarded the best selling vehicle in Bulgaria, Europe and around the world since then. The Focus Hatchback 2nd generation lunched in 2004 becomes top selling vehicle followed by the Astra and the VW Golf celebrating their 5th generation the same year. The Renault Megane Hatchback with its stylish new look was UK's most popular new car in 2005. Other car models from the compact class are also largely popular nowadays - Peugeot 307, Honda Civic, Toyota Auris, Citroen C4, and Mazda 3. Compact cars have a strong appeal for many car hire travellers as they offer so much for so little. Most of them have a roomy seating for four passengers and can carry a reasonable amount of luggage, but do not cost much more to operate than entry-level subcompacts. Their long life, fuel efficiency and stylish design have established them as preferred models for many car rental companies. All this makes them a terrific car hire option for travellers in Bulgaria.