There are lots of things to take into consideration when buying a car, but for golfers, space is certainly a top necessity. Not everyone wants a big car though, so we've picked out some small cars that can fit golf clubs in the boot.
There's a mix of comfortable and sporty cars - each version is available as both a 'normal' petrol or diesel car, as well as a sports version too.
All of our selections are great to drive and carry the much-needed premium badge for clubhouse bragging rights, from manufacturers including MINI, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar.
The Clubman is longer than the regular hatchback for those who need to carry larger items such as golf clubs. It sports a 'barn door' (split side opening) style rear boot for easy access to the sizeable rear cargo area.
Rear storage room can be increased considerably by folding down the rear seats too, making room for two sets of clubs and a change of clothes.
Best of all, it still drives like a MINI, with go-kart dynamics and responsive steering. All the engines in the range are popular, but you may well gravitate towards the Cooper SD version, which adds almost hot hatch-like performance into the mix without compromising the excellent fuel economy.
The A-Class has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, transitioning from the MPV-like bodystyle to a more traditional hatchback shape with unmistakable Mercedes-Benz styling. The latest generation is also available as a compact saloon too, if that's more your style.
The boot is large and a good shape, meaning golf clubs will fit in without a problem. There's a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines depending on your choice.
The A35 and 45 AMG versions will give you plenty of power and excitement on your way to and from the golf club, and the Mercedes-Benz badge on the front will give you the all-important car park bragging rights.
BMW 1 Series
BMWs have been a favourite of golfers for many years; they are great looking premium cars with excellent driving dynamics, and of course golf club-friendly boots.
Easily slot your clubs into the sizeable boot of the 1 Series, and drive to and from the golf course in perfect bliss in a car that's not too big and not too small.
Performance versions come in the form of the M135i and M140i, which (on second generation models) use a twin-turbo straight six engine that packs a serious punch. The prestige of the BMW badge will go down well in the clubhouse, too.
Audi A1 Sportback
The Audi A1 is the smallest car in this list, but don't let that put you off because it's surprisingly roomy - especially in 5-door Sportback form.
The boot is plenty large enough for a set of golf clubs, and if you fold the rear seats down you'll have room for a lot more stuff too.
Audi cars are beautifully made and the plush interior is unusually luxurious for a car in this class. It looks good too, with Audi's trademark sharp styling and instantly recognisable grille fitting in nicely with the rest of the premium cars in the clubhouse car park.
From the smallest car on the list to one of the largest, the E-PACE is Jaguar's compact SUV, which was released in 2017.
It's a handsomely styled car and the SUV proportions give it an advantage over hatchback rivals in terms of interior space. It's still compact though, and in fact it's actually shorter in length than the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The boot is a good size, certainly large enough for golf clubs, and Jaguars have long been recognised as one of the top cars to be seen in at the golf club. A great choice if you prefer a higher driving position.
Major brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and even Jaguar have launched competitive smaller cars in recent years, while the MINI Clubman continues to impress with its unique styling and quirky interior.
At Stratstone, we stock all of the above compact premium models and many more too, with thousands of used cars available through our extensive network of luxury car dealerships.