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Since buying my Nissan Qashqai, one of the things I miss about my previous car, a Volkswagen Polo, was its fantastic ability to park in just about any spot I chose. As much as I love my new car, there is something to be said for squeezing into a tight spot, particularly when you’re in a rush.
Choosing a car that is easy to park has many advantages, the main one being that it cuts minutes out of the day that many of us simply don’t have. Larger parking spaces are few and far between in urban areas, so if you don’t need to drive a larger car, why not invest in one of the cars below.
We’ve chosen five of our favourite small city cars and superminis which are easy to park, cheap to run and guaranteed to make motoring much simpler.
We love the Skoda Fabia, not just because it’s a fantastic car that offers a high level of performance, but because it’s a breeze to park too. The seating position in the Fabia is quite upright and all of its windows are large, making it a breeze to look out of. Combine this with its light steering and excellent turning circle and you’re onto a winner. Furthermore, the Fabia shares its engine make-up with the Volkswagen Polo meaning you can benefit from sophisticated mechanics at a more competitive price.
The Golf remains one of the UK’s most popular cars and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only does it carry Volkswagen’s prestigious badge which automatically guarantees a certain level of style and sophistication, it’s a great car to park too. The reason being that few cars in its class offer a better all-round view of the road thanks to the Golf’s large, deep windows that help to keep blind spots to a minimum and its steering which is also light. Well weighted pedals also add to the smoothness of the drive, particularly in stop-start traffic.
The Citroen C1 is a small car, which automatically makes it an easier one to park, yet it also offers good all-round visibility which makes life even easier when it comes to a manoeuvre. Steering is heavier than we’d like it to be, but this doesn’t detract from its appeal. If you’re looking for a cheap car that offers competitive fuel economy amongst its rivals, the Citroen C1 is not a car to be over-looked.
The Mini is not only a fun car to drive it’s a doddle to park too. Its large windows give you an excellent all-round view of the road and its smaller dimensions, although much bigger than the original, mean that it’s easy to squeeze into smaller parking spots when required. BMW’s stop-start technology will also ensure that fuel economy is as good as it can be, whether you’re stuck in city traffic or out on the open road.
Last but definitely not least is the Ford Fiesta, currently the UK’s most popular choice of car and top of the supermini class. The Fiesta is a very easy car to drive thanks to its precise pedal, slick gear changes and an almost vertical rear window which offers an excellent view out the back for squeezing into tight parking spots with ease. The light steering at low speed adds to the ease of marking and manoeuvring the car into even the tightest of spaces.