Best cars for bigger drivers

If you’re a larger driver and struggle to get comfy behind the wheel, fear not; here are eight cars that are ideal for bigger drivers

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Dec 9, 2020

If you're particularly tall or short, you'll know that finding a car that you can get truly comfortable in can be a challenge. That's why we've rounded up the best cars for tall people and the best cars for short drivers. But what if you're a bigger driver all around? We can help here, too.

At BuyaCar, we understand that, just like cars, people come in all shapes and sizes. Larger drivers might struggle to get into some cars, and once there, they might find that the seat isn’t suitable for their needs. A lack of adjustment in the steering wheel and a driver’s seat that isn't broad enough can add to the problems.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle, our advice would be to focus on the elements that have caused you issues before. If you've had problems getting in and out, think about whether it's easier for you to get into a car with a higher driving position than something where the driver's seat is lower down.

Can you get comfortable behind the wheel or do you often find that the wheel won't go in far enough? Is it a struggle to steer and change gear? Maybe an automatic gearbox would be useful for you. These are some of the things you need to consider.

When you’ve found the right car for you, you can apply for finance on BuyaCar, order your car and have it delivered to your door with a 14 day money-back guarantee. Click on the button above to start your car search or click below to find out how much you can afford to spend.

Best big cars

1. Citroen C3 Aircross

Used deals from £9,385
Monthly finance from £157*

There’s one reason why the Citroen C3 Aircross makes the list of cars for bigger drivers: the front seats. They look and feel more like something you’d find in your living room than a family car, with wide bases and small side bolsters. They offer a superb blend of comfort and support.

All versions come with a steering wheel that’s adjustable for height and reach, along with a height-adjustable driver’s seat. We’d recommend the 110hp or 130hp 1.2-litre 'PureTech' petrol engines, as these are available with a six-speed automatic transmission, so you won’t have to find the gearstick when on the move.

CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Kia Optima

Used deals from £8,495
Monthly finance from £177*

The Kia Optima is one of the most spacious cars in terms of legroom, headroom, shoulder room and hip room in the front. It’s a car designed for the North American market, where there’s a strong demand for wide saloon cars with plenty of wiggle room. This should help drivers of all sizes to get comfy when driving.

Opting for the Optima in GT-Line S form means you get a flat-bottomed steering wheel alongside an already impressive list of equipment. This means there’s a little more room for your legs beneath the wheel. This trim level also boasts ventilated front seats which are heated, too, so you can choose between a warm or chilled bottom to keep you comfortable whatever the temperature.

KIA OPTIMA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi A8

Used deals from £20,995
Monthly finance from £384*

The Audi A8 is a car more commonly associated with chauffeuring VIPs and Britain’s Got Talent contestants to celebrity bashes. It’s a luxury car to rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with impeccable build quality and the very latest technology.

But here’s the thing: the chauffeur is hiding a secret, because the Audi A8 offers an unrivalled level of hip room. And as Shakira will confirm, the hips don’t lie. Even the entry-level version features electric front seats with a memory function, so you can find your most comfortable seating position and save it - useful if several people drive the car.

AUDI A8 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo V90

Used deals from £20,840
Monthly finance from £311*

The Volvo V90 mixes Scandinavian-cool sophistication with ample shoulder room and hip room. There’s 1,460mm of shoulder room in the front, along with 1,432mm for your hips. Since it’s hard to picture that, let’s just say that, when ranked in terms of hip room, the Volvo V90 is one of most spacious cars of this type.

All models come with a smooth and relaxing eight-speed automatic transmission, so there’s no need to worry about changing gear, while an electric driver’s seat with multi-directional lumbar support and memory function is standard. The heated front seats even come with cushion extensions, so they should be able to cater for drivers of all shapes and sizes.

VOLVO V90 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mazda 3

Used deals from £7,750
Monthly finance from £150*

Thanks to 1,409mm of hip room, the Mazda 3 is only marginally tighter than the Volvo V90 in terms of front space. Not bad, when you consider that the Mazda 3 is a much smaller car. This is based on the previous version of the model, which was in production from 2013 until 2019. That means there are plenty of bargains to be found. Perfect if you're on a tight budget.

The driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustment, while the steering wheel adjusts for height and reach. We’d recommend a post-facelift version, because a series of updates in 2016 included the handbrake being replaced by an electric parking brake, freeing up space in the front and making it easier to drive.

MAZDA 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Honda CR-V

Used deals from £8,499
Monthly finance from £162*

How easy it is to access a car is an often overlooked aspect of choosing a new car. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve selected the new Honda CR-V, because the doors open wide to create a large opening. The EX model features eight-way electric adjustment and memory function for the front seat, too, so you can press a button on the door and watch as the seat adjusts to your desired position.

The gear stick is also mounted high on the dashboard, so it doesn’t take up valuable space between the front seats, while the high-specification EX models also feature a head-up display, so key information is projected onto the windscreen.

HONDA CR-V BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Vauxhall Combo Life

Used deals from £13,788
Monthly finance from £232*

Did you know that the Ford Transit is a pretty good vehicle for bigger drivers? There’s loads of hip room and headroom in the cabin, which is surprisingly upmarket for a commercial vehicle. However, we figured that a Transit could be taking things to the extreme, and you have to climb up into the Transit due to its very high driving position, which is why we’re recommending the Vauxhall Combo Life instead.

It shares the platform it's built on with the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter, and like its French counterparts, it’s based on a van - although a smaller one than the Transit. The steering wheel offers plenty of adjustment, while the fact that the gear lever and electronic handbrake are slightly elevated away from the seats increases the available space.

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE BUYERS' GUIDE

8. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Used deals from £11,500
Monthly finance from £212*

Here’s another people carrier, albeit one with a more upmarket feel. If you struggle to get comfortable in a BMW saloon or estate car - which often feature low-slung sporty driving positions - the 2 Series Active Tourer might be the answer, because the focus is on maximising space and you don't need to climb down into it.

Don’t be tempted to progress beyond the entry-level SE trim, however, as this basic model has relatively flat seat bolsters that are ideal for bigger drivers. Beyond that, the sport seats will make it harder to get comfortable. However, when it comes to extras we would recommend the excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox for its ease of use.

BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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