Power of 10: Easiest cars to park
Our roads get busier by the day so do our car parks. Tight spaces have become a way of life in the UK, so which cars are the easiest to park?
According to the latest figures, there are 38.3 million cars on the UK’s roads. That is an incredible number when you consider that we are an island nation with just over 262,300 miles of roads. We love our cars, but the sheer volume of road users means that finding a parking space at your destination can be tricky.
A car that’s easy to park – especially in a crowded urban environment – can be a godsend, and so here are the top 10 cars that will happily take advantage of a tricky space.
Fiat 500 Hybrid
At 3.57 metres, the pint-sized Fiat 500 makes for a great city companion due to its compact proportions. The short wheelbase makes fitting into the smallest of spaces nice and easy. Large windows boost visibility and parking sensors give you additional confidence while parking.
All-new Fiat 500s feature a hybrid drive train that helps boost the economy and lower emissions.
Quite simply one of the best city cars on the market at the moment. The little Up is perfect for urban life thanks to its boxy shape. This little Tetris cube of a car will squeeze into some impressively small spaces, with its almost totally flat back allows you to preachily judge how much space you have remaining.
The Up’s packaging also allows for a surprising amount of interior and cargo space for such a small car.
Smart EQ ForTwo
The Smart brand has been innovating with its city cars since 1998 with the City-Coupe. That car has continuously evolved over the years and now takes the form of the EQ ForTwo. This all-electric city car is not only good for air quality, but also parking. It’s famed party trick has always been the ability to park nose-first into a parallel space.
Smart recently transformed into an all-electric car maker.
Technically this is a quadricycle, but the Renault Twizy has proven to be a great all-electric means of transport in many major cities around the world. The small two-seater is easy to manoeuvre and has a tight turning circle.
As standard, the Twizy doesn’t come with doors, but you can option them for rainy days.
The all-new Toyota Aygo represents a more grownup supermini, but one that retains cheap running costs. Sister car to the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1, Toyota claims this to be the best engineered of the trio.
The Aygo can be an option with some eye-catching customisation options.
While not quite as polished as its Toyota relation, the C1 is notably cheaper to buy. It has the same small stature that makes it perfect for the city, and you can even option a retractable fabric panel in the roof.
Citroen also offers a handful of vibrant colours for the C1.
The last of the city car triplet, the Peugeot 108 shares the same bones as the Citroen and Toyota. It’s a more mature design than what’s found on a C1, but like all three of these cars, remains small and ideal for opportunistic parking.
The Peugeot 108 undercuts the Toyota Aygo in terms of price.
The Hyundai i10 is a brilliant little hatchback that makes for an ideal city companion. Better than just looking sharp and being small, this latest model features technology such as reversing cameras and parking sensors to help you.
All Hyundai’s come with a five-year warranty for peace of mind.
The Picanto is a solid little car that promises to deliver on value for money. For those looking to stand out, sportier GT-Line trim levels make for a smart car park statement. It might be Kia’s smallest car, but it’s one of its best.
All Kia’s come with an industry-leading seven-year 100,000 miles warranty.
Audi A7 Sportback
Wait… What? The Audi A7 is a large luxury vehicle that has no right to be on a list of car that is easy to park, right? Thanks to this car’s host on onboard technologies, putting this car into a tight space is actually very easy. 360 degree reversing cameras, parking sensors, rear-wheel steering and even a function that will allow the car to park itself means the A7 is no hassle.
The A7 is a great example of how technology in larger cars can make them more versatile in confined spaces.
Which car is your top pick for easy parking?
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