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’s the top 10 cars that will happily take advantage of a tricky space.
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 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.
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.
Long before governments took an active role in getting people to go electric, Renault’s Twizy provided a quirky battery-powered means of zipping about town. Ok, so it’s technically a quadricycle and not a car, but the little EV remains a great way to travel on electricity. Thanks to a small footprint and protruding wheels you can easily see, it’s a doddle to park in tight spaces. Factor in a tight turning circle and you’ve got an ideal city runaround.
You won’t be venturing too far in your Twizy with a range of 62 miles and a limited top speed topping out at 50mph, but that’s more than amply for city life. Standard cars can seat two adults, but there’s also a single seat van variant for commercial use. If things start to get a bit wet and chilly in the UK, you can option a set of scissor doors for your characterful EV.
Get it while you still can. The much loved Toyota Aygo will be reinvented come 2022, morphing from baby hatch to more fashionable compact SUV. As interesting as its change is, the little hatchback has always been popular. Part of the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 trinity, the city car is easy to park thanks to goo visibility and being relatively miniature compared with your average car. Why buy an Aygo over its French siblings? Toyota claims that added checks at the factory ensures better quality.
Customisation is a big part of the Aygo’s persona. There’s an array of eye-catching colour options and sticker packs for those wanting something unique. This is set to continue when the model is replaced next year, a car that was recently previewed via the Toyota Aygo X Prologue concept, complete with two-tone paint. Will it be as easy to park? We’ll keep you posted.
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 offer 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 makes 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.
Wait… What? The Audi A7 is a large luxury vehicle that has no right to be on a list of car that are 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.