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Used Upscale Small Cars under $20K

View the best used upscale small cars priced under $20,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used upscale small cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2010 Volvo S40

The 2010 Volvo S40 boasts a stylish exterior, tasteful interior and good reliability, but the base S40 lags behind its classmates with lackadaisical performance. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Volvo C30

The four-seat 2009 Volvo C30 is a solid upscale small car with a well-liked turbocharged engine and a stylish exterior design, though some rival hatchbacks offer more ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Volvo S40

The 2009 Volvo S40 offers the highest reliability score in the class, along with a feature-packed interior, but the base model’s performance comes up a little short ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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2011 Volvo S40

The 2011 Volvo S40 stands out with good gas mileage and a lot of standard interior features, but some rivals offer more interior space and better performance. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 BMW 1-Series

If you’re looking for a 2010 small car that’s fast and has a well-made cabin, few surpass the 2010 BMW 1-Series. However, other 2010 small cars have ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 8.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Volvo C30

The 2010 Volvo C30 is more than just a stylish, retro-inspired hatchback. The C30’s outstanding safety ratings, strong reliability and well-equipped cabin make it a smart buy ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.5
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 2_0
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2009 BMW 1-Series

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2009 BMW 1-Series for its powerful engine choices, nimble handling and posh interior. However, its small cabin means that the ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.3
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 8.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.