When you ask a bunch of prospective new-car buyers what they want, the phrase ‘High Driving Position’ is bound to come up.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean a big, clunky SUV.
While there’s nothing wrong with a full-sized SUV, they’re definitely too big for many drivers - why do you need a 4x4 Land Rover Discovery for the school run?!
With the recent crossover/SUV boom, car manufacturers have begun making smaller, ‘compact’ SUVS. This means you can have a high driving position without having a big car!
We’re going to briefly run you through why you might want a car with a high driving position, before telling you our top 10 favourites.
If you're not after a compact SUV and want something a bit bigger, check out our article on “Best Cars with High Driving Positions”.
Why would you want a High Driving Position?
So what’s all the fuss about? What makes a high driving position such a desirable quality?
Here’s a few perks of driving a car that has a high driving position:
Visibility: Being higher up means you can see further and get a better view of the road. 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.
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.
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 their high seating 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.
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 Range Rover 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!