As a man who’s 6’2, driving my mums 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.
Infact, 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 filling you in on what you should keep in mind when shopping around for a new car. We’ll also tell you our top 10 favourite cars suitable for tall people.
What should you look for?
It can be tough to know what to look for when you’re after a spacious car. Some cars that look tiny, the Honda Jazz for instance, actually have plenty of space for a tall person.
When picking our top 10 best cars for tall people, we made sure they all have the following:
Good headroom: Not having enough headroom in a car is a nightmare. You’re forced to slouch, leading to an achy neck and back.
Plenty of legroom: Some small cars have about as much legroom as a RyanAir seat - that is, none at all! If you’re a tall person, you want to stay away from certain body types - sorry folks, but sports cars are out. Most city cars too, probably won’t be too comfortable, although there are a few exceptions.
Comfortable driving position: Not having a good driving position means any lengthy journeys are brutal, and distracts you from the road - increasing your chances of an accident. All of our cars have highly adjustable steering wheels, so that you can comfortably drive even if you’re sitting far back.
Our Top 10:
The default suggestion of ‘go for an SUV’ isn’t very helpful for many tall drivers. SUVs tend to be pretty expensive cars and unaffordable for many.
In light of this, we’ve made a point to include different body styles and budgets. So while you’ll find a few SUVs, you’ll also have the option of spacious hatchbacks, and even a city car!
Let’s get into it: