Best Cars with High Driving Positions:

The humble hatchback is becoming less and less popular as SUVs and Crossovers continue their quest for automotive domination. 

What is it about being up high that us Brits can’t get enough of?

Is it the feeling of lording over the peasants in their little city cars? Do we falsely feel indestructible in a big SUV?

In all seriousness, there’s a few practical reasons that you might want a car with a high driving position. We’re going to run through these and then fill you in on our top 10 picks.

If you’re looking for something a little smaller, check out our Small Cars with High driving positions list. 

Why would I want a High Driving Position?

The appeal of big, tall cars is understandable. Modern SUVs and Crossovers are phenomenal looking vehicles. They’re big without being annoying to drive and offer a  practical amount of space without sacrificing fuel economy too much.  

Other than looks, the main reason a  driver might want a big car is due to the high driving position. 

Here’s the perks of driving a car that has a high driving position: 

Visibility: Being higher up means you can see further...obviously. This is useful in traffic, as you’re aware of exactly what’s going on around you. More visibility means you’re more likely to notice a hazard that could lead to an accident. 

Easy to get in and out of: Cars that are low to the ground can be quite tough to get out of, particularly for older people. In contrast, SUVs with high driving positions are a breeze to slide out of. While this is a nice perk for all drivers, it can be vital for people who have mobility issues. 

Better off road performance: There’s a reason that the best off-roaders are high-up SUVs. Due to the raised ground clearance between the wheels and the body, the car can traverse off-road terrain without you getting thrown around the cabin.

Safer: There’s a truck heading straight for your car. Would you rather be in a Ford Fiesta hatchback that drives close to the ground or a Land Rover Discovery with a high driving position? Yep, we’d take the Discovery too. The taller and bigger the car, the more armour you have around you in the event of a crash! 

Our Top 10: 

With more or less every major car manufacturer having jumped on the SUV/Crossover trend, it can be difficult to figure out what vehicles are worth your time and hard-earned money!

To save you some hassle, we’ve compiled our Top 10 large cars with high driving positions. 

We’ve included a range of budgets and styles, so we’d bet our money on there being something for everyone!

Let’s get into it:

Basically a beefed up Volkswagen Golf, the Tiguan is an excellent choice for the mid-budget driver looking for a car with a high-driving position. 

The Tiguan offers all of the refinement and smooth driving we’ve come to expect from a Volkswagen. Compared to the previous generation, the current Tiguan is visually a much more grown up affair, making it perfect as a family car.

While it’s more of a facelift than a complete redesign, Volkswagen has improved the shape of the SUV making it look a lot less boxy and more streamlined. 

While entry level models only come with front-wheel drive, you can upgrade to AWD on most engines if you fancy a bit of adventuring. 

Standout Features:

  • Volkswagen’s parking assistance.
  • Pre-Collision Safety System.

Pros:

  • A wide variety of engine options. 
  • Plenty of boot space.

 

Cons: 

  • Higher trims are too expensive when compared to rivals.
  • Still not a whole lot of fun to drive.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Estate

33 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 119 - 234g/km

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The Sportage is Kia’s best seller in the UK. This large crossover offers excellent value for money, with decent tech offerings, good looks, and Kia’s reliable build quality. 

The Kia Sportage is now available with a new 1.6-litre CRD engine that we can’t get enough of. It produces up to 134-bhp and has extremely low emissions as well (126g/km). 

You can pick up the SUV in front-wheel drive if you just fancy being high up in traffic, or you can opt for the four-wheel drive option with an automatic transmission if you have a need for it!

Standout Features: 

  • Kia 7-year, 100,000 miles warranty. 
  • Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom.

Pros:

  • Moves well for a big car. 
  • Lots of room. 

Cons: 

  • Ride is a bit rough, despite the high seating position.
  • Nothing special off-road.

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Kia Sportage Estate

30 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.7
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 108 - 275g/km

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The Tuscon, Hyundai’s player in the closely-fought SUV/Crossover game, is a brilliant all-rounder available at an affordable price. 

With decent performance, a great looking interior, and plenty of nice body styling, the Tuscon will please any driver looking for a great car with a high seating position.

It’s important for Hyundai to create great value for money cars, and this SUV follows that trend. Even on the entry-level trim you get a lot of tech - a seven-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, a reversing camera, and much more. 

Standout Features:

  • 5 year, unlimited mileage Hyundai warranty.
  • 4WD options are good. 

Pros: 

  • Comfortable and super spacious, with lots of legroom and headroom. 
  • Smart and well-designed interior.

Cons: 

  • Can be boring to drive.
  • Competitors have larger boots.
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Hyundai Tucson Estate

28 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.7
  • Fuel: P, D, Y
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 113 - 237g/km

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The criminally underrated (certainly in the UK) Japanese manufacturer Mazda have produced something special with the CX-5. 

It’s a big SUV that oozes class and refinement at a very reasonable price. We’re not the only ones that love it - in fact, the Mazda CX-5 was voted by WhatCar as the “Best Large SUV under £28k” of 2019. 

The CX-5 offers a high driving position while not being too big to comfortably drive around cities or small towns. Available in a fantastic four-wheel drive option, the CX-5 is ideal for getting through the icy winter in style. 

Standout Features: 

  • Heads up display.
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

Pros: 

  • Car handles really well for a big car.
  • Looks as good as an Audi for £20k less.

Cons: 

  • The tech on the entry-level trim is poor. 
  • The engines, particularly the petrol options, lack power. 
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Mazda Cx-5 Estate

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 119 - 152g/km

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The Kodiaq is another fine example of the Czech automakers recent run of form. A midsize SUV, the Kodiaq is the perfect way for Skoda lovers to get a high driving position without having to buy something that’s far too bulky for the school run. 

If you’re so inclined, the Kodiaq has a towing capacity of 2.5-tonnes and an optional 4WD mode, making it perfect for adventure hungry weekend warriors. 

The Kodiaq drives really well when loaded with weight, and the ride is pretty smooth no matter where you're driving. While it might not be the most fun thing to drive, it does admirably well considering the car’s size. 

Standout features:

  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Available as a 7-seater. 

Pros:

  • Roomy interior with a high driving position. 
  • Great value for money when compared to rivals. 

Cons: 

  • High spec models are too expensive (£20k more than the entry-level!)
  • Petrol version isn’t amazing. 
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Skoda Kodiaq Estate

37 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 126 - 170g/km

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Slightly less pretentious than a Range Rover, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is the ultimate “I want to be up high” car that car-lovers drools over. 

While this SUV is typically driven by people who are nipping around town as opposed to going off-road, it’s good to know that you have a 4WD option if you need it, particularly in harsh winter conditions.

We’re big fans of the interior design on the Discovery Sport. It manages to look premium without being over-the-top. With an amazing 9-speed automatic gearbox available as an extra, the Discovery is fantastic to drive and even better to sit in.

Standout Features: 

  • Seven-seater option.
  • Smooth 9-speed automatic transmission.

Pros: 

  • The cabin is ultra-premium. Every material feels solid.
  • Lots of amazing tech. 

Cons: 

  • Way too expensive. 
  • Reliability record is poor.
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Land Rover Discovery Sport SW

62 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.2
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body:
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 129 - 208g/km

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The Honda CR-V is a true workhorse. Designed for practicality, and never one for showing off, the CR-V is an excellent choice for those that want a no-frills way to get a high driving position car. 

While Honda’s tech used to be behind rivals, it’s pretty bang on these days. The CR-V cabin is consverative and well-designed. Every feature is practical and there’s no useless tech plastered on the dashboard. 

One of the main appeals of buying the CR-V is Honda’s excellent reliability record, meaning that you’re not going to have to spend a fortune on repair bills just for the privilege of a high seating position!  

Standout Features: 

  • 5 Star Euro NCAP safety test. 
  • Eco-friendly Hybrid option is efficient. 

Pros: 

  • Really spacious. 
  • Has all the tech you’d want. 

Cons: 

  • Infotainment system could be better. 
  • Drives well but it’s far from fun. 
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Honda CR-V Estate

18 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.2
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 115 - 235g/km

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The Audi Q7 is a seriously elegant looking car. To be fair, for the price, that’s the least you’d expect! 

Thankfully, like most Audis, the Q7 lives up to the high price tag. The interior is fantastic, managing to look high-tech without going over the top like other rivals, who have futuristic NASA-esque dashboards.

Cabin quality is also excellent, and there’s a huge amount of space in the backseats for carrying up to 6 passengers. 

If you have the bank balance for it, the Audi Q7 is a brilliantly refined SUV with a high driving position.

Standout Features: 

  • Heated front seats with massage function.
  • Adaptive suspensions. 

Pros: 

  • Super luxurious. 
  • Plenty of legroom and can fit 7 people in relative comfort, makes for a great family SUV. 

Cons: 

  • Really expensive, especially compared to rivals. 
  • The handling isn’t amazing.

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Audi Q7 Estate

33 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 6.0
  • Fuel: P, D, Z
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 48 - 309g/km

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If you want a car with a high-driving position, but don’t want to sacrifice sporty styling and high performance for it, then check out the BMW x3.

BMWs midsize SUV is a bit like a bigger and taller 3-series. Devout fans of the German automaker won’t be disappointed with their SUVs, as they keep the same performance-oriented mindset that the saloons and hatchbacks have. 

In fact, the fastest BMW x3 has an incredible 360-bhp, getting you from 0-62 in a staggering 4.6 seconds. 

Standout Features: 

  • 'Driver Experience Control' lets you quickly switch between sports and off-road mode. 
  • BMW xDrive autonomously scans the road conditions, altering the car’s settings as it sees fit.

Pros: 

  • Interior is well-designed and offers a sky-high driving position. 
  • Performance is exceptional for such a big car. 

Cons: 

  • The steering is a bit unresponsive.
  • Even the cheapest model is too expensive for most.  
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BMW X3 Estate

27 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 49 - 293g/km

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The Mitsubishi Outlander has been a hit in the UK. It’s actually been the best selling plug-in hybrid for the last 3 years! For considerably less money than something like a Land Rover Discovery, the Outlander is a brilliant SUV. 

We love the hybrid option the most because of it’s amazing performance and cheap running costs - we even featured it on our Best Hybrid Cars list!

Mitsibushi definitely has a more ‘adventure’ oriented look when compared to something like the Audi Q7’s urban aesthetics, which will appear to Bear Grylls wannabes. 

That being said, the Outlander is as at home heading to Asda for a big shop as it is on an off-road trail. For those drivers who want a high driving position, but also want the option to go off road, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great choice. 

Standout Features: 

  • 360° parking camera - you’ll need it to park this beast in town.
  • 4WD, so you're always ready for a spontaneous adventure. 

Pros:

  • Cheap running costs - high mpg. 
  • Easy to drive and comfortable. Lots of headroom for tall drivers.  

Cons:

  • Interior is a bit outdated.
  • Not everyone will like the bulky body. 

Honourable mentions:

Here’s a few fantastic cars that have a high driving position but just didn’t quite make it on our top 10: list 

Mercedes-Benz GLC: Available from £336.82 per month on  LeaseFetcher.

Volvo XC40: Available from £272.44 per month on Available from £272.44 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Nissan X-Trail: Available from £232.76 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Toyota RAV4: Available from £248.28 per month on Available from £248.28 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Summary: 

Whether you want a car with a high driving position so you can get a better view of the road, or maybe you need one for an elderly family member to get in and out of the car more comfortably, there’s plenty of options in today's market. 

However, you might be put off by the price of a new car, particularly as SUVs are pretty expensive up front.  

If you’re on a budget, why not check out a lease deal, which allows you to pay a much cheaper monthly payment! For a comparison of the cheapest lease deals, check out LeaseFetcher.

Remember, this list features fairly big cars that offer a high-driving position. If you fancy a high-driving position but don’t want something so big, check out one of the small SUVs on our   “Top 10 Small Cars with a High Driving Position” list!