Is there such a car? - Paul Cliff
Gonna need to change my car in the next few months. Currently drive a Toyota Yaris which is ok but it’s starting to get uncomfortable and giving me knee pain... Being 6ft4 doesn’t help but it’s my wife’s old car as I bought a new estate last year for her and our two boys; so this is the cheap runaround... We’ve had it 5 years and it’s never been a problem and cheap to run also....
I only use it for the work commute that only 15 miles of 30/40mph zones and occasional stop start traffic... but I am in the car for an hour each morning and night so bring comfortable is a big thing..

Before you go and say how about this BMW or this Mercedes Benz.... I can’t afford anything like that as I already have a big car to pay for so don’t want something that’ll drain my money away....

Here’s my specs:
I am 6ft4 (with a 34” inside leg)
£13k max
Petrol (only cover 7-8k miles per year)
Newish car (3 years max)
Reliable
No bigger than 4.25m(space on drive)

It will only be serviced at a manufacturers service centre....

Edited by Paul Cliff on 24/11/2020 at 11:06

Is there such a car? - Avant

Seat comfort and driving position are such personal issues that it's hard to advise someone else. What's comfortable for me (5'7") may not be so for you at 6'4".

What make is your estate car and are you comfortable in that? In which case try a smaller car of that make. Also you could consider an automatic, as pumping the clutch may be contributing to the pain, at least in the left knee.

If it's any help, I can say that I'm now 72 and have never had a single ache or pain in any of the VW Group cars I've had, nor in a Volvo.

Edited by Avant on 24/11/2020 at 11:24

Is there such a car? - Gordon17

If you could squeeze 4.31 m onto your drive you could get an Approved Used Kia Ceed with a 7 year warranty.

Is there such a car? - Engineer Andy

Seat comfort and driving position are such personal issues that it's hard to advise someone else. What's comfortable for me (5'7") may not be so for you at 6'4".

What make is your estate car and are you comfortable in that? In which case try a smaller car of that make. Also you could consider an automatic, as pumping the clutch may be contributing to the pain, at least in the left knee.

If it's any help, I can say that I'm now 72 and have never had a single ache or pain in any of the VW Group cars I've had, nor in a Volvo.

In addition, whether a car has a left foot rest and its size (some are too small to be of any worth) can also make a difference, depending upon how the driver rests their foot.

I've found that the size of the car doesn't always have a bearing on seat or driving comfort. My neighbour's Picanto is much smaller than my Mazda3 but is actually higher. The main issue with smaller cars is often the lack of width, or, with lower spec/older models, a lack of seat and especially steering wheel rake and reach adjustment.

I had back problems with my mid 90s Micra (a car with a decent amount of headroom) because I had the seat one notch too far from the steering wheel. I was lucky that as someone of average height, I could move the seat forward a bit and not make too much of a compromise otherwise.

Perhaps if the OP can find a car with more seat and steering wheel adjustment, this may help. In addition, some cars have their pedals more offset than others.

When I was looking for a replacement for my current car, I tested or at least sat in (to test the driving position) a good few cars, and some (e.g. the Nissan Pulsar), whilst very spacious, had offset pedals (which could easily cause back and leg problems even if the seat/steering wheel adjustment was good), others like the Volvo V40 (current shape) had no foot rest.

Some cars also aren't so good as regards the ergonomics of the centre console area, meaning you sometimes have to reach quite a bit to get to the controls - made worse if those other issues I mentioned are in play.

Is there such a car? - badbusdriver

You surely don't visit this forum often if you think we would try and persuade you into a BMW or Merc!. That isn't to say you can't get a reliable example of either for £13k, but as a general rule, folk would be pointed in other directions. And given your drive space, there would only be one possible BMW (i3), as for Merc, while the first of the 'conventional' A-Class comes close, it is still more than 4.25m long, so you'll have to go back to the 2nd gen (up to 2012) to get something short enough.

Small Japanese cars, while undeniably reliable, tend to fit average sized folk better than those of above average height, so I'd probably be looking at a German or German based supermini. By that I mean, VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. Those three, along with the Audi A1, all use the same underpinnings and running gear.

£13k is enough to get you into a brand new Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI 95PS (3997mm), a 2020 (but not 'brand new') Seat Ibiza (4059mm) with the same engine, and a 2019 Polo (4053mm) with the same engine. That budget could also get you into the SUV version of the Ibiza, the Arona (4138mm), you'd be looking at a 2019 car.

I'm not 100% sure that you will fit comfortably in any of the above suggestions. But I do know that while he was in charge of VAG, Ferdinand Piech (I think he was about 6'7") made sure he could fit in all new models!. So, while that was some time ago, there is probably an above average chance that VAG cars, even small ones, will accommodate you. Of course another problem may well present itself, that of visibility. As 3 door supermini's have all but died out, you will invariably have to get a 5 door. Which could put your head in line with the B pillar and cause problems with your field of vision.

If that is the case, 3 door versions of the Seat Ibiza, VW Polo, and the Audi A1 were available, up to about 2017.

Is there such a car? - tourantass

Hi..I am similar size to you, we use a Kia soul as our runaround which meets all our needs, its what I would call a small big car, we got the automatic which is a dream to drive, its also has a slightly sat up driving position which adds to the ease of getting in and out,

Is there such a car? - nick62

There are plenty of petrol Ford Fiestas in your price range less then 3 years old.

I've often hired these, but being 7" shorter than you at 5' 9" I can't advise on space, but they are very pleasant to drive!

I would have thought the three door version would make entry and egress easier (unless it's in a tight car park).

I'm sure SLO can advise on best engine options as one of the ECOBOOST options is prone to losing it's coolant.

Is there such a car? - badbusdriver

Hi..I am similar size to you, we use a Kia soul as our runaround which meets all our needs, its what I would call a small big car, we got the automatic which is a dream to drive, its also has a slightly sat up driving position which adds to the ease of getting in and out,

I can't say anything on the ability of cars to accommodate someone of the OP's height as I'm 6" or so shorter!. But I do like the Kia Soul, so if, as seems to be the case, it will be fine for you, that would be a good shout. 4140mm long means no probs fitting your available space, and personally, I'd prefer a higher seating position anyway, which the Soul has. You'd be looking at a 2018 car, but this would be comfortably inside your budget at around £11.5k from a Kia dealer. As such, this would also have the benefit of up to 5 years warranty remaining!. Here is an example for sale on Autotrader,

202010064686135

Is there such a car? - barney100

I have a tall mate and years ago we both ran Fiats for work. I had a Panda and he had a 500, thing was he fitted very nicely in the 500 but the Panda although seemingly bigger was cramped for him.

Is there such a car? - SkodaIan

How much of the knee pain is down to the stop start driving as much as the car itself?

A smallish automatic may actually be as comfortable as a larger car. That would avoid probably a few hundred clutch movements and gear changes every day.

 

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