Some prefer a low, sporty driving position but plenty of motorists are happier with a car that sits you high up, giving you great visibility and a sense of security while behind the wheel. We’ve picked out the best cars on sale right now with high driving positions, to help you choose the one for you.
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1. VW Tiguan
The VW Tiguan’s high driving position is also pretty comfy place to be. You’re surrounded by soft plastics and plush interior materials giving the cabin a definite upmarket ambiance. On-board tech is plentiful including an up-to-date infotainment system and there’s lots of other standard equipment included too.
The cabin is spacious and practical making the Tiguan a great option for growing families, seating four adults comfortably or five at a push. Large windows make for excellent visibility and the driving position gives a commanding view of the road. It’s good to drive too, with intuitive controls and great stability.
2. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage offers a solid-feeling interior and an impressive amount of space. It’s an excellent family car and one of the most practical in its class. The high driving position, wide-ranging seat adjustability and good view of the road are all added bonuses too. Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty make the Sportage an even more attractive option.
Trim levels are logically thought out with even basic models getting air conditioning, DAB digital radio, cruise control, USB and aux inputs along with Bluetooth connectivity. Further up the range you can pick sat-nav, a reversing camera, heated seats, leather upholstery and even a heated steering wheel.
3. Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus is one of the most striking looking cars on this list and the quirky crossover’s kerb appeal is matched by its comfy seats, strong interior quality and soft ride. Equipment levels are generous and the adjustability of the drivers’ seat will make anyone feel comfortable.
One of the more underrated aspects of the C4 Cactus is its high driving position – it’s not the highest SUV but is noticeably loftier than a regular hatchback. It’s competitively priced, costing from £12,990, and customisation means you can really make the car your own.
4. SEAT Ateca
The practical SEAT Ateca is essentially a rebadged, slightly cheaper version of the VW Tiguan. The car has great build quality, comes with a good amount of standard equipment and is spacious too. Similarly, on the road it’s comfortable and deft controls make driving it easy and intuitive.
It’s a modestly capable off-roader when the need arises and there’s a strong range of engines and optional four-wheel drive. The Ateca’s boot space is a little smaller than the Tiguan’s, but the car’s high driving position and great value make it a strong match for its closely related cousin.
5. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular family crossovers on sale thanks to its impressive practicality and truly excellent ride quality. It’s easy to drive, if not quite as deft as the Tiguan, but counters with astonishing comfort courtesy of an advanced suspension setup.
The driver sits high up, giving a commanding view of the road, although rear visibility isn’t quite as strong. An entry-level price of £18,545 is competitive in the hotly contested SUV market but models higher up the range can get pricey.
6. Dacia Duster
The Dacia Duster’s incredibly cheap £9,495 entry-level price may be the first thing to catch your eye, but one of the main plus points for this small SUV is its high driving position. It gives you a commanding view of the road, without destroying your bank account. Efficient diesel engines will further defend your monthly budget.
It’s surprisingly good to drive and handles well, despite a bit of body roll and a slightly bouncy ride. The Dacia is practical, spacious and has competent off-road abilities meaning it arguably offers the best value for money of any option on this list.
7. Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara is a rugged looking, practical SUV with unexpectedly fun handling both on and off road. It offers up the space a growing family could need, with cheap running costs and prices from just £14,499. The interior is well screwed together but lacks the upmarket design and materials of some more expensive rivals.
The driving position is high and the large windscreen gives a commanding view over the bonnet. It’s a comfortable car to sit in for long periods of time, making it a capable motorway cruiser. The cabin is full of tech and equipment including one of the better touchscreen infotainment systems in the class.
8. Land Rover Discovery Sport
Unsurprisingly, for a car costing from £31,095, the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s interior feels premium with good quality materials almost on par with luxurious German rivals. The driving position is high and there’s plenty of seat adjustability to help make people of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable at the wheel.
The car’s driving experience and ride quality are all big strengths for the Discovery Sport and equipment levels are generous, as you’d expect from a premium SUV. It’s among the most practical cars on this list, too, with a third row of seats or a huge boot when they’re folded flat.
9. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is a striking mid-sized SUV with a roomy interior, typically strong Toyota build quality and a hybrid option for improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions. It mixes a raised driving position with four-wheel drive and stable, easy handling characteristics.
It has a well built interior, good refinement and impressive levels of comfort. It’s not the most capable off-roader in its class, but the RAV4 is certainly a strong alternative to cars such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage.
10. SsangYong Tivoli
The SsangYong Tivoli is a chunky, rugged small SUV with a huge amount of interior space and a very generous amount of standard equipment for a cheap price – costing from £13,000. One of the best cabin features is the high driving position with a commanding view ahead, although view out the back is obstructed by the large pillar connecting the back of the roof to the body.
Interior quality can’t match some of its closest rivals but it’s perfectly acceptable considering the low price. The car is respectable to drive – not particularly inspiring but not especially bad either. It represents great value for money and has plenty of interior space.
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