A high driving position not only gives you a great view out over other traffic, but it also helps when it comes to spotting cyclists and obstacles when parking.
Here are the best cars with high driving positions:
- Land Rover Discovery
- Skoda Kodiaq
- Suzuki Vitara
- VW Tiguan
- Renault Scenic
- Audi Q5
- Dacia Duster
- Mercedes E-Class Estate All Terrain
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- SsangYong Tivoli
1. Land Rover Discovery
The latest Land Rover Discovery offers unstoppable off-road prowess, a gigantic cabin and a relaxing driving experience. Your job as driver is made even easier thanks to the model’s lofty seating position that allows you to see over many smaller cars and further down the road than in a lower family estate car. Seven adult-sized seats and a vast boot make the Discovery incredibly easy to live with.
2. Skoda Kodiaq
The seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech firm’s version of the VW Tiguan Allspace. It’s billed as a lower priced and slightly more utilitarian model than the VW but it still excels in terms of build quality and available tech. Great visibility is complemented by a raised driving position helping you get a clear view of the road ahead. A vast boot, optional seven-seat layout and brilliant VW Group engines complete the package.
3. Suzuki Vitara
Previous versions of the Suzuki Vitara may have been a little too rugged to recommend, but the latest model is a great choice. Its boxy, upright body means there’s lots of passenger space and a big boot, while the high seating position makes it feel every inch a true off-roader. Put it on the road, however, and you’ll be shocked by how much fun it is thanks to responsive controls, not much lean in corners and loads of grip.
4. VW Tiguan
Sharing a platform with the Skoda Kodiaq means the VW Tiguan has plenty of the same benefits – a stable driving experience, a well-built cabin and impressive practicality. It also has the same high up seating position giving you a great view ahead that inspires confidence as you drive along. It’s a little plusher than the Skoda so includes more soft-touch materials and high-end tech such as a digital driver’s display.
5. Renault Scenic
The Renault Scenic might appear to be an MPV in a class of SUVs but the sizeable wheels and raised driving position leave you in no doubt what category Renault is targeting with this car. Its bulbous body is impressively practical considering the modest space it takes up on the road. Interior quality that’s far improved compared to Renaults of old means the Scenic is more than up to the rigours of family life.
6. Audi Q5
If you’re after the lofty driving position of an SUV but want the creature comforts afforded by a premium marque, look no further than the Audi Q5. Cool German styling is evident throughout the beautifully built cabin while luxuries such as optional air suspension and the firm’s Virtual Cockpit digital dials make it feel modern and upmarket. What’s more, you can be confident winding it down a country road thanks to the raised seating position.
7. Dacia Duster
If your budget won’t stretch as far as some of the more premium options on this list but you want to drive with the confidence afforded by sitting up high, the Dacia Duster is the car for you. It can’t match the material quality of even more modest cars on this list but is built well enough from hard-wearing Renault parts. It makes up for its shortcomings, however, with its astonishingly low £9,495 entry-level price.
8. Mercedes E-Class Estate All Terrain
If you don’t want an SUV but fancy the confidence sitting high up brings, the Mercedes E-Class Estate All Terrain could be for you. Its raised air suspension gives it a noticeable increase in height compared to a regular E-Class lending it the lofty driving position of an SUV without the associated image. The usual E-Class plus points remain – a great cabin, a relaxed driving experience and lots of tech are all present.
9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Having an SUV used to mean big fuel bills and lots of environmental damage but, thanks to cars such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, you can have your cake and eat it too. This plug-in hybrid uses a petrol engine mated to an electric motor and battery pack to average more than 100mpg and can run on electric power only for 32 miles. Plus, you still get the confidence-inspiring high driving position you’d expect from an SUV.
10. SsangYong Tivoli
The SsangYong Tivoli deserves a spot on your shortlist if you’re after a chunky, rugged off-roader for a reasonable price. Like the Vitara, it looks like a more traditional upright SUV than curvier rivals such as the Renault Captur – this means it has a high driving position, a spacious cabin and a sizeable boot. It’s a little slow among this company but its low £13,300 entry-level cost also makes it one of the most reasonably priced.
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