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Compact Car Rental in Australia

Not everyone will need a large SUV or a Sedan, especially if you’re travelling alone or just with a partner. With a compact car, you can take advantage of a fuel-efficient vehicle that can take you where you need to be when you need to be. Whether you’re travelling for business or personal reasons, renting a car will save you both time and money. As opposed to figuring out the local transportation schedules or paying for taxi rides back and forth, driving yourself around will be the more practical choice. Alpha Car Hire offers reliable, compact car rentals across Australia. We are strategically located near Brisbane Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and the Sunshine Coast, and we’ll even pick you up from your terminal for free.

Our Inclusions

Driving a high-quality compact car from our well-maintained fleet will grant you and your family the following perks:

1. Free Standard Liability Protection
2. No Upfront Fees
3. Unlimited KM Mileage Allowance

  • ABS
  • Air Conditioner
  • Automatic
  • Reverse Camera
  • SRS Airbags
  • Unlimited KM
  • USB Charging Port
  • FREE Standard Liability Protection
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Book Your Compact Car Hire Today

Give us a call today or book online to take advantage of a fuel-efficient compact car, equipped with the latest safety features. We are conveniently located in Brisbane Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Melbourne Airport, and the Sunshine Coast.

Travel Efficiently with Alpha’s Compact Car Rental Service

Travelling in a fuel-efficient compact car will be much cheaper than multiple taxi rides and more time-efficient than public transportation. Rest assured that Alpha Car Hire makes it a point to source only the highest-quality vehicles for all our clients to ensure that they all receive an enjoyable experience. Our locations across Australia makes us the end to your search for the “Best car hire company near me.”

Compact Rentals

Our competitive pricing sets us apart from the industry.


We are appropriately located near major transportation hubs.

Car Hire

We only source from the most reliable makes and models.


We offer optional child seats, boosters and other extras for your convenience.

and Friendly

Our team is always ready to address your needs.


From free airport transfers to affordable add-on roadside assistance, your convenience is our priority.


You may request a quotation and check availability without making a reservation. Complete only the first pages of the rates and reservations process. If you wish to make a reservation at this time and with these details simply continue by pressing the “Book Now” Button.

Extending the rental duration is possible at time of check out or during the rental itself. You will need to contact or come in person to the nearest location. The extension is subject to vehicle availability and extra payment.

Yes, however, the person with the credit card must be on the Rental Contract as the main driver so they will need to have a current open driver’s licence written in English.

If the vehicle is returned up to 1 hour late, one-third of the rental will be charged. If it is returned beyond two hours late, two-thirds of the rental will be charged. If returned three hours late or more, a full day’s rental is charged.

All vehicles are covered by 24-hour roadside assistance for all mechanical faults with the vehicle. 

Free Roadside Assistance does not cover non-mechanical defects and driver errors, such as lost keys, keys locked in the vehicle, flat battery due to lights being left on, etc. These instances will incur a $150 fee per call-out.

However, all costs are waived if the customer avails of the $5 per day Roadside Assistance package.

If you run a business with ongoing transportation needs, you know as well as anyone that handling maintenance, inventory and financing can be both an expense and a hassle. If you need to supplement your fleet for a short-term or longer term, our friendly team will happily provide a quote.

At the end of the reservation process, you will receive a “Reservation Confirmation” page with the reservation number highlighted. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the details of your reservation and collection procedure.

Yes. Please contact our Reservations Staff and they will be more than happy to help 1300 227 473.

Alpha Car Hire Australia Pty Ltd reserves the right to charge a minimum cancellation fee of $50 if 7 or more days’ notice is provided prior to the day of collection. It is at Alpha Car Hire Australia Pty Ltd’s discretion to charge up to 50% of the rental cost if less than 7 days’ notice is given.

All Alpha vehicles which are rented have comprehensive insurance with a standard liability that is applicable to renters that may be reduced with one of Alpha’s waiver options. For passenger vehicles (hatchbacks, sedans, family cars, SUVs, 8-seater vans and Utes) the standard liability is $4,400 for drivers over 21 years of age. For more information on our Standard Liability Protection Cover visit our Terms & Conditions.

What are the exclusions to liability waivers?

The following are not covered by the Total Protection Liability Waiver, Premium Protection Liability Waiver, or the Collision Damage Liability Waiver:

  • Reversing damage
  • Overhead damage
  • Undercarriage damage
  • Water damage
  • Hail damage
  • Negligence or Abuse

Please note that you will not have the benefit of Alpha’s insurance if the rental vehicle is driven on unsealed roads.

Compact cars are the smallest in size, offering the best fuel economy and parking flexibility. Economy cars are slightly larger and offer a bit more interior space but still provide excellent fuel economy. Intermediate cars are larger than economy cars and offer more interior space but may not have the same fuel economy as smaller ones. All three types of vehicles provide excellent value for their price but vary in size and features, so choosing the one that best suits your needs are essential.

Compact cars are smaller, making them a great low-cost option for city driving and tight parking spots. They typically have a lower price tag and are more fuel efficient than larger cars. Compact SUVs are slightly larger than compact cars and offer more interior space while staying highly fuel efficient. They are great for hauling passengers and luggage and provide more ground clearance and off-road capability than a compact car.

The Hyundai i30 is a compact hatchback with variants that use different fuel types. While the most common fuel type is petrol, some models run on diesel engines, so it’s best to confirm it on the phone when you book or through our staff when you pick up your car from the branch.

Yes, the baby seats and booster seats we provide are up to industry standards and can easily be installed into any of our compact cars. 

Yes, for your added safety and convenience, our economy cars are equipped with reverse cameras. But please be reminded that you should still check your mirrors and surroundings when backing up.

This feature varies between models. Please confirm this information at the counter when you pick up your car.

Yes, our economy cars have USB ports to charge your devices.

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What Our Customers Say About Us

John RylandJohn Ryland
09:12 24 Jan 23
Good cars, excellent variety and keen rates. Easy website booking. Airport pick up and drop off very good. Good people to deal with. I’ve used these guys twice and will continue on every Brisbane visit.
Simon HogbenSimon Hogben
23:36 29 Nov 22
First time hire with Alpha and I must say it was great. Much better value than other hire companies. Was reticent about the off airport location but the shuttle was easy, virtually no waiting and drivers friendly and polite. Check-in and drop off very easy as well. Again, staff were great. Car clean and no problems.
Kieran SKieran S
00:18 10 Oct 22
I used Alpha 10 years back when they had just started out and loved their service back then, so when it came time to hire another car in Brisbane I sought them out. Super pleased to see their great work has paid off and they are now a massive company but have retained the small company service and vibe. Super friendly staff from the shuttle drivers, to front desk and phones. 0800 is answered quickly unlike others. Nice vehicles and great price. Will be back for sure.
Rustam GilyazovRustam Gilyazov
03:08 27 Sep 22
Great experience renting a truck (both times). In both cases - clean interior, runs well. Hydraulic lift, A/C, cruise control were in good working order. Booked and paid online, no hassle pickup and drop off, friendly staff. Also, great price on truck rental, looks like the best in the city. Don't forget to fill that tank when returning the vehicle.
Leonie NewtonLeonie Newton
05:11 31 Aug 22
The business is located in the perfect spot in Hendra and there is a service station only metres away, making it super easy to refuel just before returning the car. The staff are quick, friendly and efficient. The car I had was relatively new and in excellent condition (although it did need a more thorough clean, which could be due to my last minute booking). The shuttle bus runs regularly and the driver was extremely helpful and considerate. Overall, I was very happy with every aspect of my first experience with them. It won't be my last!
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