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:

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.

Kia’s front seat is super adjustable, so you can easily get the perfect driving position. 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. 

Also, 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! 

Standout Features: 

  • 7 year/100,000 mile Kia warranty. 
  • Automatic air conditioning and climate control.

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 probably won’t cut it.

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Kia Picanto Hatchback

19 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 143g/km

From £128.57 Per Month

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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 back seat passengers too -  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. 

Standout Features: 

  • Lane Departure Warning and City-Brake Active System. 
  • Light detection sensors - automatically switches to high-beam. 

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.
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Honda Jazz Hatchback

11 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.2 - 1.5
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 104 - 139g/km

From £120.27 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,443.24 inc VAT
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The Polo is another small car that’s great for long-limbed drivers.  

With plenty of adjustability in terms of driving position, you’ll be able to get comfy - just make sure there’s 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. 

Following competitor trends, the Polo is only available as a five-door. This results in a longer body, making for a really roomy supermini. 

Standout Features:

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear-View Camera.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. 

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 Ford Fiesta).
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

15 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £172.04 Per Month

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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’s aiming to compete with the likes of the SEAT Azteca and Volkswagen Tiguan. They’re clearly doing something right - the CX-5 was voted by WhatCar as the “Best Large SUV under £28k” of 2019. 

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. 

Standout Features: 

  • Heads up display.
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

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.
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Mazda Cx-5 Estate

20 derivatives available

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

From £225.80 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,709.60 inc VAT
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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 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. 

Standout Features: 

  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection auto-applies brakes if you’re distracted. 
  • Built in sim. 

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
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Ford Focus Hatchback

79 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P, B, D, F, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £160.99 Per Month

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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 more 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! 

Standout Features: 

  • 5 Star Euro NCAP safety test. 
  • Available as a hybrid. 

Pros: 

  • Seriously spacious. 
  • Big improvement on the tech-front.

Cons: 

  • Infotainment system could be better. 
  • Can get a bit boring to drive.
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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

From £239.77 Per Month

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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.

Standout Features: 

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

Pros: 

  • Luxurious. 
  • Practical, seating up to 7 people.

Cons: 

  • Really expensive for what you get. 
  • Handling is a bit awkward.
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Audi Q7 Estate

24 derivatives available

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

From £502.18 Per Month

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The XC-90 is an SUV that’s been around for a while. Volvo are a brand that’s always prided itself on conservative luxury - never over the top or overambitious. 

The 2019 XC90 is no different, and with hybrid and 7-seater options available, the XC90 is a true all rounder. 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 it’s poshness as the Q7 is.

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

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

Standout Features: 

  • Volvo HomeLink. 
  • Automatic lane keeping aid. 

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.
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Volvo Xc90 Estate

26 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.4
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 49 - 322g/km

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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. 

Standout Features: 

  • Available as a 7-seater.
  • Bose Audio System. 

Pros: 

  • Good value for money. 
  • Really comfortable.

Cons: 

  • Some tech (infotainment) is a bit outdated.
  • Other competitors are a bit slicker and more refined. 
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Nissan X-trail Station Wagon

52 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 125 - 237g/km

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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! 

Standout Features: 

  • Tesla AutoPilot 
  • 379 mile range on a full charge.

Pros: 

  • Insanely fast. 
  • The design of the interior is gorgeous. 

Cons: 

  • Costs a fortune! 
  • Fast, but handling isn’t exceptional.
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Tesla Model S Hatchback

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 100vH
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

From £982.43 Per Month

Initial Rental: £11,789.16 inc VAT
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Honourable mentions: 

Here’s a few cars we think would be great for a tall driver, but that just didn’t make the cut: 

Skoda Kadiaq - From £25,265 or from £235.64 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Hyundai Tuscon - From £21,141 or from £192.61 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Volkswagen Tiguan - From £24,150 or from £224.26 per month on LeaseFetcher.

Summary: 

Things have never been better for taller drivers. Most modern cars and 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.

So if you’re a tall person and are thinking about buying a new car that you’ll be able to move comfortably in, check out LeaseFetcher for the cheapest deal!