No, it’s not your imagination (or that your driving skills are taking a nose dive) – parking your car’s becoming harder because spaces are getting smaller all the time.
From tighter on-street parking to stingy multi-storeys, motorists are definitely feeling the squeeze. I work at a place called The Car People and I’ve noticed that more and more of our customers are specifically looking for a car that’s as simple to park as possible.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a rundown of the easiest cars to handle (in no particular order) when it comes to parking in small spaces.
It may be just three metres long, but the Toyota iQ is deceptively spacious inside. It’s a great city car that’s cheap to run, plus many models are available with that ever-handy parking sensor, making it even easier to maneuver into tight spaces.
If you want maximum room for minimum footprint, choose the Ford S-Max – you can comfortably fit seven people inside, but it still comes up shorter than a Mondeo. This class-leading MPV is also great fun to drive, with smooth steering and a powerful engine.
At only four metres long, the Toyota Verso’s one of the hardest working compact MPVs around. Comfortable to drive and offering great performance, it’s also ultra-reliable and packed with great safety features.
With low running costs, this car’s the ultimate affordable supermini. You can choose from either two-door or four-door versions, and the Hyundai i20 is also backed with appealing safety features like stability control and six airbags as standard.
Frequently named as one of the UK’s easiest car to drive, the Skoda Yeti combines all the plus points of a 4×4 with the practicality of a hatchback. It’s also been awarded a reassuring five-star rating in EuroNCAP crash tests.
One of the shortest and most affordable family-sized cars you’ll find, the Mazda6 is a great looking car that also offers a responsive drive. And that all-important power steering lends an extra hand when it comes to maneuvering into a parking spot.
Practical and versatile, the Honda Jazz offers an impressively spacious interior considering its compact side. It’s also extremely reliable, and generally performs really well in customer satisfaction surveys. It’s probably one of our top selling used cars at the dealership because of this very reason!
Mini, all models
It’s no surprise that one of the smallest makes of car on the market has made it in to our list. Every model of Mini is a perfectly proportioned, nippy city run-around that can squeeze its way into almost any space.
Mini Cooper is my favourite car of all time, simply because it is not only a unique car but the history and iconic nature of the Mini is something I love. I’m thinking about writing another post on my favourite cars of all time but I need some inspiration, anyone got a great idea?