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

BuyaCar team
Jan 6, 2022

If you’re looking for the best handling cars for driving around town, a good place to start is looking for one with light steering. Many drivers benefit from light steering which takes the strain out of manoeuvring around congested city centres, car parks and even driving on tight and twisty country roads.

In modern times, almost all cars on sale have power steering; a system designed to reduce the effort needed to turn the steering wheel, so you can change direction without needing to build your biceps at the gym first!

Some cars come with a ‘city steering’ mode that lightens the steering when you need it for parking or moving in tight spaces, while others have a light steering setup all the time. The system is just as good for large SUVs with big wheels as it is for small city cars, making the driving experience more akin to that of a zippier compact car.

We’ve put together a list of the best cars with light steering if you’ve decided you want something a little more relaxing to drive in town, all of which are available on BuyaCar.

The best cars with light steering

1. Fiat 500

Our pick Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Lounge
Used deals Limited stock

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 mean that you can create a city car tailored to your tastes – the zippy 0.9-litre TwinAir turbocharged petrol engine suits the car’s character.


2. Toyota Aygo

Our pick Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play 5dr
Used deals from £5,195
Monthly finance from £146*

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.


3. Honda Jazz

Our pick Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC SE
Used deals from £9,490
Monthly finance from £180*

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 interior 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.


4. Citroen C3 Aircross

Our pick Citroen C3 Aircross PureTech 110
Used deals from £10,700
Monthly finance from £210*

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.


5. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure
Used deals from £9,495
Monthly finance from £0*

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 interior design is high-tech but functional, with quality materials. All models get a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, an eight-inch touchscreen and autonomous emergency braking. Allure models add sat-nav, parking sensors, a reversing camera and extra safety tech.


6. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Our pick Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Veloce
Used deals Limited stock

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 the quality isn’t quite up to the standard of German rivals.


7. Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Our pick Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 1.5 Turbo
Used deals from £11,981
Monthly finance from £0*

If space and value for money are top of your criteria, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport ticks both boxes. There’s a built-in sat-nav as part of an 8-inch touchscreen system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Autonomous 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.


8. Lexus RX

Our pick Lexus RX 450h 
Used deals from £19,990
Monthly finance from £0*

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 an 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.


9. Range Rover

Our pick Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE
Used deals from £30,989
Monthly finance from £1,206*

You might not think that one of the largest SUVs on the market would have light steering, but a Range Rover is all about effortlessness, as buyers want a 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.


10. Ferrari 488 GTB

Our pick Ferrari 488 GTB

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.

*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%

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