Best Cars for Tall PeopleĀ 

8 minutes Published: 12/03/2020

As a man who’s 6’2, driving my mum's old Mini Cooper for the first time after passing my test filled me with conflicting feelings. On one hand, I was delighted. I could go wherever I wanted to. No driving instructor beside me criticising my every move. 

In fact, everything was fine until I stepped out of the car. My neck felt like I had been strangled by a UFC fighter and I was positive my spine had aged several decades in a matter of minutes.

I learned an important lesson - some cars just aren’t made for tall people. 

So, if you’re a taller person (6ft+ or thereabouts), we're going to save you some joint pain and physio bills by letting you in on the best cars for tall people. 

If you’re particularly tall, you’re going to want one of our best SUV cars. For a large car with off-road functionality, check out our best 4x4 cars!

1. Kia Picanto

RRP: £9,255 - £15,150
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 143g/km

Pros

  • Nice angular design. The Picanto is a good looking car. 

  • Great driving position for taller folks. 

Cons

  • Not that powerful.

  • If you’re well over 6ft, then a city car just won’t cut it. 

You might be surprised to see a city car on a list of cars recommended for tall people. Believe it or not, the Picanto is actually great to drive as a taller person, and a Monster Truck is out of most people’s budget. 

Kia’s front seat is super adjustable, so you can easily get the perfect driving position - no need to crush yourself up against the steering wheel. The Picanto is an excellent choice for tall people who have a small budget and want something to nip around town in, and don’t regularly drive long journeys. 

A word of warning though - stay away from the panoramic sunroof option. This lowers the interior roofline, significantly decreasing the amount of headroom you have. 

You should keep in mind that the Picanto is still a city car, so if you’re 6’8, you’re going to want an SUV or MPV. No amount of clever design will make this comfortable for you.

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2. Honda Jazz

RRP: £13,900 - £22,435
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.5
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 82 - 139g/km

Pros

  • Reasonably affordable - much cheaper than an SUV! 

  • Honda ‘Magic Seats’ are fantastic for tall drivers.

Cons

  • Engine options aren’t terribly powerful. 

  • Design not for everyone.

The boxy design of the Honda Jazz makes it look more like a people carrier than a small hatchback. Thankfully, it drives more like the latter!

The Jazz is perfect for tall drivers. Honda’s ‘Magic Seat’ system is endlessly adjustable, so you’re bound to find a decent driving position no matter how big you are. The high roof ensures you have plenty of headroom, and there’s plenty of legroom for passengers in the rear seats -  so a comfortable experience all round!

It’s also really easy to drive. The boxy body makes it really easy to navigate through tight city streets, and it’s a breeze to park. 

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3. Volkswagen Polo

RRP: £13,660 - £24,280
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 206g/km

Pros

  • Roomy while still having a small, easy-to-drive body.

  • Lots of trim options. 

Cons

  • On the expensive side for a supermini.

  • Doesn’t drive as well as competitors (like the Fiesta). 

The Polo is another small car that’s great for long-limbed drivers. Following competitor trends, the Polo is only available as a five-door. This results in a longer body, making for a really roomy supermini. 

With plenty of adjustability in terms of driving position, you’ll be able to get comfy - just make sure there are no tall back seat passengers behind you, as you might crush their legs! 

The Polo is one of the UK’s most popular cars for a reason. It’s got a classy interior, is well designed and drives well. Slightly more premium than city cars, the Polo is an excellent option for a tall driver who isn’t looking for an SUV, but who needs something a touch bigger than a city car. 

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4. Mazda Cx-5

RRP: £23,440 - £37,725
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 119 - 152g/km

Pros

  • Refined design - car looks premium. 

  • Handles well for a big car. 

Cons

  • The tech on the entry-level trim is lacking. 

  • Petrol engines are lacking power. 

Now that the ultra-affordable city cars and small hatchbacks are out the way, let’s get into the SUVs! 

Mazda is a car brand that’s often forgotten about. Over the last 5 years or so, they’ve started breaking into the SUV and crossover market. Our favourite is the Mazda CX-5, a midsize SUV that offers a lot for your money. Design wise, the CX-5 looks as good as any Mercedes, BMW, or Audi out there. 

Mazda places a lot of emphasis on comfortable driving and as such, the driver’s seat is super spacious. With lots of options for driving position, the CX-5 is an excellent mid-priced SUV for taller drivers. 

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5. Ford Focus Hatchback

RRP: £17,730 - £33,785
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 2.5
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 237g/km

Pros

  • Brilliant fun to drive. 

  • Driver’s seat is roomy. 

Cons

  • Infotainment system isn’t that good. 

  • Boot space is lacking when compared to rivals 

Crossovers are very on-trend right now, but the Ford Focus proves that there’s still a case to be made for good old fashioned hatchbacks.

The Focus has always been a driver-focused car. The Focus is simply a blast to drive, whether you’re nipping around town, country roads, or just cruising on the motorway. 

The latest Focus generation has adopted a more angular design, making for a lot more interior room. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom for you in the driver’s seat, as well as ample room for any tall adults stuck sitting behind you to get comfy. 

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6. Honda CR-V

RRP: £21,995 - £38,465
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.2
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 115 - 235g/km

Pros

  • Seriously spacious. 

  • Big improvement on the tech-front.

Cons

  • Infotainment system could be better. 

  • Can get a bit boring to drive.

The CR-V is one of Honda’s best selling cars. Always reliable, the CR-V has always been a very practical SUV. Never one for showboating, the CR-V is designed for practicality.

The latest generation of Honda’s popular range has kept that indestructibility factor while adopting some new tech. Honda has upgraded the interior quite a bit from the bland and boring versions, so it feels like a much more luxurious affair. 

Now available in a few funky colour choices, the CR-V is a really slick looking SUV. Tall drivers fear not - it’s still a pretty huge car.

You’ll have no space issues whatsoever in the CR-V. You could lower the seats and sleep comfortably in this car! 

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7. Audi Q7

RRP: £47,555 - £94,150
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 6.0
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 48 - 309g/km

Pros

  • Practical, seating up to 7 people.

  • Luxurious. 

Cons

  • Really expensive for what you get. 

  • Handling is a bit awkward. 

The Audi Q7 has all of the elegance and refinements you’d expect from an Audi. Available in a 7 seat version, the Q7 is a large SUV that even the tallest amongst us will appreciate. Cabin quality is excellent, and the space is even better. You should have no problem finding a driving position you’re delighted with. 

You can tell that the Audi Q7 is going to be an expensive affair just by looking at it. The body is really eye-catching and the elegant interior tech is subtly integrated.

If you’re a tall driver with a bit of cash in their pocket, the Q7 is an excellent large SUV choice.

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8. Volvo Xc90

RRP: £45,550 - £73,775
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 4.4
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 322g/km

Pros

  • Great build quality.

  • Cabin is huge. 

Cons

  • You’d expect a better touch screen for the money. 

  • Petrol engines are lacking in power compared to hybrid/diesel options.

The XC90 is an SUV that’s been around for a while. Volvo is a brand that’s always prided itself on conservative luxury - never over the top or overambitious. 

The latest XC90 is no different, and with hybrid and 7-seater options available, the XC90 is a true all-rounder. In 7-seat mode, the second row of seats is super spacious, but the third row suffers. A large SUV, the XC90 is perfect for a taller person who wants a bit of luxury but doesn’t want something that’s quite as loud about its poshness as the Q7 is.

That being said, it can’t be denied that the XC90 is definitely a premium car and will (unfortunately) cost you a fair chunk of cash. 

Volvo has always been massive on safety, and this SUV is no different. With every possible safety feature you can imagine, you’re in safe hands. 

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9. Nissan X-trail Station Wagon

RRP: £23,130 - £37,515
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.5
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 129 - 237g/km

Pros

  • Good value for money. 

  • Really comfortable.

Cons

  • Some tech (infotainment) is a bit outdated.

  • Other competitors are a bit slicker and more refined. 

The newest generation of X-Trail has left behind the old boxy styling. It looks more like a Nissan Qashqai on steroids! The X-Trail has always been a popular SUV and that’s unlikely to change any time soon - it offers a huge amount of space and solid features at an affordable price. 

Cabin space isn’t an issue with this car. The body is long and tall, so there’s plenty of room for tall drivers to get comfortable. 

The Nissan X-Trail, as the name hints at, is great off road too. With plenty of four wheel drive options, it’s perfect for a weekend adventure. 

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10. Tesla Model S

RRP: £56,780 - £139,680
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: N/A
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2:

Pros

  • Insanely fast. 

  • The design of the interior is gorgeous. 

Cons

  • Costs a fortune! 

  • Fast, but handling isn’t exceptional. 

The Tesla Model S is probably the most futuristic car available to buy right now. An electric car, this executive saloon is incredible. It can do 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars you can buy right now. With state of the art tech, the semi-autonomous Tesla Autopilot feature will even do most of the driving for you.

The long saloon body of the Tesla Model S is perfect for tall drivers. With no combustible engine taking up space in the front, the cabin is designed really well, so you can find a nice driving position and kick back. 

As good as the Model S is, you’re going to have to pay the price of a small flat just to own even the entry-level trim! 

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Summary

Things have never been better for taller drivers. Most modern cars offer a good amount of adjustability, with even city cars like the Kia Picanto being comfortable.

However there’s only so many interior tricks you can do in a small car. If you’re really tall, then you’re going to want an SUV. 

The downside of SUVs is that they’re really expensive to buy up front. If you need a bigger car to get comfortable, a lease deal might be for you. A leasing agreement allows you to get a brand new car for just one monthly fee that’s much lower than if you were to buy the car new on finance.

For the super-tall, check out our best SUV cars, or maybe our best 4x4 cars! For our full line-up of cars that suit the taller-than-average, we've pulled together all of our SUV lease deals and 4x4 lease deals.