Would you recommend a Fiat 500 or MINI for a tall driver doing long journeys?

My father is a 63-year-old large man at 6-foot 3-inches, and heavy! He currently drives a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S320 diesel. He travels 60 miles a day to and from work. He is beginning to complain about the cost of the journey and maintenance for the S-Class and is talking about downsizing to a Fiat 500 or a MINI. The family has told him he is mad. He will find it uncomfortable and unpleasant after the Mercedes. He says as long as he has a top of the range stereo system he will put up with the discomfort and save lots of money. What do you think please?

Asked on 17 August 2013 by JT, via email

Answered by Honest John
Actually the Fiat 500 has the best seats in any small car with long, flat and wide squabs. I've done 300 miles in one journey without a twinge, but better a manual than a Dualogic auto. Do not opt for 16-inch wheels. Stick to 14-inch or 15-inch for best ride comfort, preferably 14-inch with 175/65 R14 tyres. It's best not to go for the diesel as it can suffer unexplained DPF problems, even when driven distances.
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