The best cars with light steering

Choosing a car with light steering makes it easy to park and manoeuvre in tight spaces. Here are the best models with light steering on sale

Jun 28, 2018

If you’re looking for a car that’s easy to drive then light steering should be one of the key requirements of any vehicle on your shortlist.

Whether it’s in a tight town centre or a car park, or even on a twisty country road, light steering can take the strain out of driving by allowing you to manoeuvre your car with ease and even cruise on the motorway without much effort.

Nearly all cars on sale today have power steering – a system that’s been designed to reduce the effort you need to put in at the steering wheel so you can twirl away without needing a gym session to build your biceps first.

Some cars have a light steering setup all the time, while some vehicles have selectable modes that you can turn on when looking to park or turn around.

In a small city car it makes great sense, while larger cars fitted with big wheels - including tall and heavy sport utility vehicles (SUVs) – also make use of the tech to make life easier behind the wheel.

              

The best cars with light steering

Fiat 500

Our pick Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir (105) Lounge Manufacturer price £15,120
Official fuel economy 67.3mpg CO2 99g/km

With a clever function called “Dualdrive” the Fiat 500 is equipped with two different modes for its power steering. The standard setting has a nice weight so the car feels more stable and secure on the motorway, but press the “City” button and the power steering lightens up to deliver easy driving. Combined with the 500’s tiny dimensions and great visibility, it makes it an easy car to park.

With a regular hatchback and a 500C convertible version on sale, both models get the Dualdrive function, so you’re not limited on choice. The 500’s extensive customisation options it means you can create a city car tailored to your tastes – the zippy 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo petrol engine suits the car’s character.
Fiat 500 buying guide

Toyota Aygo

Our pick Toyota Aygo 1.0 x-play 5dr Manufacturer price £10,910
Official fuel economy 68.8mpg CO2 95g/km

Small cars don’t weigh very much, which means there’s not much force pressing down on the tyres. Combined with the light power steering in cars such as the Toyota Aygo, it means not much effort is needed at the steering wheel to get the car to turn. The car’s nippy 1.0-litre petrol engine makes it an easy city car to drive in all situations.
 
There are some great deals on entry-level cars but it’s worth spending a bit more on an x-play model, which gets attractive kit such as Bluetooth and air-conditioning as standard. Go for five doors for extra practicality, too.
Toyota Aygo buying guide

Honda Jazz

Our pick Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC SE Manufacturer price £15,740
Official fuel economy 55.4mpg CO2 116g/km

Honda’s ultra-practical Jazz is extremely easy to drive, and its light steering setup is a major factor in that.

It’s matched by a versatile cabin that’ll easily seat four and accommodate five on shorter journeys. With a 354-litre boot there’s almost as much luggage space as you’ll find in larger hatchbacks, such as the Volkswagen Golf, plus Honda’s Magic Seats come fitted as standard. This means the rear seat bench folds up cinema-style to improve usability even further.

It’s not the most stylish car but the Jazz is solid and dependable. The 1.3-litre car with a manual gearbox is more responsive than the automatic, while affordable SE trim includes as Bluetooth and parking sensors, as well as cruise control, while you can upgrade with the optional sat-nav as well.
Honda Jazz buying guide 

Citroen C3 Aircross

Our pick Citroen C3 Aircross PureTech 110 Manufacturer price £18,445
Official fuel economy 56.5mpg CO2 115g/km

Small crossovers, which combine the easy-to-drive nature of a hatchback with a higher driving position, are hot property at the moment and Citroen’s C3 Aircross is a fine example.

Light steering, soft suspension and good visibility make this Citroen relatively relaxing and easy to drive. It’s versatile too, with some models featuring flexible seating so you can maximise either passenger space or luggage room.

Frugal but zippy petrol engines help keep running costs low, and it’s competitively priced compared with rivals such as the Seat Arona and Kia Stonic too. This might leave new car buyers with a bit more leeway to choose from the personalisation options, including contrasting roof colours.
Citroen C3 Aircross buying guide

Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure Manufacturer price £24,670
Official fuel economy 55.4mpg CO2 117g/km

Small steering wheels are usually harder to turn but the Peugeot 3008’s compact setup uses lots of power steering assistance to make the 3008 feel agile and alert - as well as effortless to turn.
A small turn of the wheel results in a noticeable change of direction; the car leans a bit more than rivals but this is due to the soft suspension, which makes the 3008 comfortable over all kinds of road surfaces.

There’s more to the 3008 than its light steering, though. The cabin design is high-tech but functional, with quality materials. All models get a 12.3in digital dashboard, an 8in touchscreen and automatic emergency braking. Allure models add sat-nav, parking sensors, a reversing camera and extra safety tech.
Peugeot 3008 buying guide 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Our pick Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo 200 Super Manufacturer price £31,580
Official fuel economy 47.1mpg CO2 138g/km

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is awash with Italian style, but also has plenty of substance to back this up.

Lightweight parts made from aluminium and carbon fibre incorporate racing car technology to reduce weight. Combined with the light and fast steering, this makes the Giulia nimble, and the most engaging car to drive in a class that includes the BMW 3 Series.

Keep in mind that when you get the Giulia on the right road it’ll not fail to entertain, yet this doesn’t come at the expense of comfort or quietness. With a 480-litre boot and a spacious interior there’s practicality here, too, even if quality isn’t quite up to the standard of German rivals.
Alfa Romeo Giulia buying guide

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Our pick Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 1.6 (136) Turbo D Design Nav Manufacturer price £19,640
Official fuel economy 65.7mpg CO2 114g/km

If space and value for money are top of your criteria, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport ticks both boxes. New car prices start from under £19,000 before discounts and, for a few hunded pounds more, you can have a 1.6-litre Turbo D in Design Nav trim, which balances efficiency with affordability and equipment.

There’s built-in sat-nav as part of an 8in touchscreen system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Automatic emergency braking is included too, so it should prove safe family transport.

The 490-litre hatchback boot is practical and the comfortable ride makes it ideal for long motorway journeys. It’s not the most agile option because it does lean in corners but the light steering means this big family hatchback will at least be easy to manoeuvre in tighter situations.

Lexus RX

Our pick Lexus RX 450h Luxury Manufacturer price £51,645
Official fuel economy 47.9mpg CO2 134g/km

The RX 450h uses Lexus’ hybrid technology to great effect, combining a petrol engine with batteries and electric motors for decent real-world fuel economy, on short journeys at least.

An incredible level of build quality, plenty of premium materials and Lexus’s reputation for reliability means it should prove dependable, too – but there’s also a strong warranty for peace of mind.

It’s easy to drive, thanks to a fully automatic gearbox that manages the smooth petrol engine and electric motors. It cruises quietly on the motorway and without much noise at higher speeds. Thanks to the light steering it’s at home in all situations, too.
Lexus RX buying guide

Range Rover

Our pick Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE Manufacturer price £88,500
Official fuel economy 40.9mpg CO2 182g/km

You might not think that one of the largest SUVs on the marker would have light steering, but a Range Rover is all about effortlessness, as buyers want gentle cruise, surrounded by a luxurious interior, rather than an involving drive.

Plenty of power from its engine line-up means it’s a great car to tow a trailer, with the light steering helping here too. Standard air suspension makes it supremely comfortable on the move, smoothing out rough roads and big bumps with ease – and that’s because the Range Rover has been designed to ford streams and climb mountains.

There’s clever tech to sense what type of terrain it’s on and an intelligent four-wheel drive system for maximum grip, so it shouldn’t be defeated if you go off the beaten track.
Range Rover buying guide

Ferrari 488 GTB

Our pick Ferrari 488 GTB Manufacturer price £184,914
Official fuel economy 24.8mpg CO2 260g/km

To see a supercar appear in this list might seem odd, but the Ferrari 488 GTB really does have incredibly light steering. This is combined with a fast steering response when you turn the wheel, meaning that the 488 has an incredible level of agility. Unlike some supercars of old, this also makes it easy to drive when the speeds are a bit slower.

A twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine mounted in the middle of the car, twinned with a super-fast seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox enables the Ferrari to sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds.

Both coupe and Spider (convertible) versions offer stunning performance and looks. Just be prepared to take a hit on running costs if you can afford to buy – whether that’s out-right or on PCP finance.

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