Top 10 Compact Cars with the Largest Back Seats

Top 10 Compact Cars with the Largest Back Seats

1. Volkswagen Jetta – 38.1 Inches

And lookie here, Volkswagen clinches another win. A couple weeks ago its midsize Passat TDI took home top-honors by delivering the longest theoretical driving range, and now it’s the Jetta’s turn in the winner’s circle. This C-Segment sedan offers up a limousine-like 38.1 inches of rear-seat legroom. VW promises that’s enough space to conceive a child – maybe even twins. (No, not really. We just made that part up. Fertility is not guaranteed or covered under the car’s Three-Year, 36,000-mile warranty.)

The Jetta is a champion in one other area as well. It offers the biggest trunk in this Top 10. It’s commodious to the tune of 15.5 cubic feet.

While this “People’s Car” has a big boot and lots of back-bench legroom it’s pretty average in other areas. The wheelbase is only 104.4 inches; its overall passenger volume is third worst at just 94.1 cubic feet; and the Jetta delivers the least amount of front-seat space, just 41.2 inches.

Still, if you need a C-Segment car with lots of room to stretch out in the back, Volkswagen’s Jetta is your best bet.

GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta


  • MistyGreen

    Nice to see this compiled, I’ve been curious about this for a while.  However, there are a host of other factors that affect real-world rear seat room, as I’m sure you all know.  The number next to “legroom” doesn’t mean everything.

  • Jeffrey

    get your facts straight.  Small Pox is not wiped out

  • Bailey

    I will argue this one any time. My versa has way more space In the back seat than my parents corolla. The corolla I can’t even lift my foot with out turning it. The versa I can put a rear facing convertible car seat in the middle and still lay both front seats all the way down.

  • Jenn

    I just bought a new Sentra, but of all the compact cars I looked at, the Versa had, by far, the most rear leg room! It didn’t even make the list??? How?

  • ColumWood

    Good question. Technically the Versa is a sub-compact. And yes, it has the most rear seat leg room for a sub-compact.

  • James Earl Turner

    I love my versa note. I’m 6′ 2″ and I fit in the back seat.

  • Julia

    I have a 2013 corolla with 0% interest for 60 mos I love my car but I need more space in the back for my family to be comfortable. I am looking to trade in my car for the same interest just need more space is this possible to do??