Parking can be a pain so, to minimise the difficulty, a smaller car can be a sensible investment. Size isn’t everything though – overhang lengths, visibility levels, lightness of the controls and an abundance of available parking technology can all make city life easier.
The cars in this list are all very easy to park so, if any take your fancy, put them in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. If you’d like more info about the different types of parking technology, read our parking systems guide.
The Smart ForTwo is officially the UK’s smallest new car currently on sale. The new model is larger than its diminutive ancestor but it’s still a very small car. Its rear-engined layout means the front wheels can turn more than rivals, permitting a tiny turning circle.
To make life that little bit easier, you can spec your Smart with rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to ensure your rear end remains intact.
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The Skoda Fabia might be one of the largest superminis around today but, thanks to its tall, square body with short overhangs, visibility levels are excellent meaning you can easily judge where the car’s body ends.
All the controls are light, too, meaning parking is as hassle-free as it could be. If you want, you can have front and rear parking sensors to be absolutely sure you don’t prang anything around you.
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The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s most popular new car and it isn’t hard to see why. Its blend of comfort, lively handling, good looks and equipment have found it many homes with British buyers.
With a small body, you won’t have a problem finding a parking space but it isn’t very generous with rear visibility. Fear not, however, because the little Ford is available with parking sensors front and rear as well as a reversing camera to guide you in.
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The Hyundai i10 is well praised because for such small car, it’s as refined, as comfortable and very nearly as practical as cars in the class above. With light controls, short overhangs and great visibility all round, it’s an easy car to manoeuvre in tight spaces because you can easily tell where the car’s extremities are.
For that added convenience, rear parking sensors can be specified if you wish. These are only available on the top spec Premium SE model, however.
Discover the savings on offer by picking a Hyundai i10 in our car configurator.
The Volkswagen Golf might be a little larger than some of the cars in this list but, thanks to its hatchback rear-end and short bonnet, the Golf doesn’t take up much space on the road so it’s especially easy to fit into a parking space.
If you can’t find a space big enough, the car can. Buyers can spec what VW calls ‘Park Assist’ which takes control of the steering system to manoeuvre you into and out of a space. If you don’t want this system, you can always have the traditional parking sensors.
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It may not be quite the smallest car in this list – despite not being far off – but the Fiat 500 holds the world record for being parked in the smallest parallel parking space which measured just 75mm longer than the actual car.
This was no doubt help by the short overhangs, good visibility and the light and easy controls. The little Fiat can also be specified with rear parking sensors if you wish.
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Where the Fiat is all about retro style, the Toyota Aygo is all about a striking bold appearance. Its fox-like rear lights and the huge X design plastered across the front end mark it out from the crowd. Its light controls, great visibility and extremely small dimensions make the Toyota one of the easiest cars to park.
The Aygo is only available with rear parking sensors which sound an ever increasing alarm the closer you get towards an obstacle.
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The Ford Focus is, like the Golf, one of the larger cars in this list but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to park. In fact, it’s one of the easiest chiefly thanks to Ford’s ‘Active Park Assist’. It’s an autonomous system which helps you find a space then, once it’s done so, it’ll take over the steering and manoeuvre you in. Like the Golf, it can help get you out of spaces, too.
Even without these features, its good all-round visibility, light controls and short overhangs mean it’s very easy to judge where its extremities lie.
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With its tall, boxy design aided by the fitment of large windows and extremely short overhangs, the Volkswagen Up is a great choice if you want a car that’s extremely easy to park. Its near-vertical rear end means you can tell exactly where the back ends without the need for parking sensors or rear-view cameras.
It also helps that the design features the most methodical of German engineering techniques and has that all important badge sat prominently on the nose. Despite its desirability, it’s also a fairly cheap car to buy in the first place.
Discover the reductions on offer by choosing your perfect Volkswagen Up in our car configurator.
Like the VW Golf and Ford Focus above, the Kia Cee’d is by no means the smallest car on this list but, like the other two, the Kia is one of the easiest cars to park. On all but the most basic model, the Cee’d comes with reversing sensors and you can spec a reversing camera if you wish.
If this isn’t enough for you, then you can pick Kia’s optional Parallel Parking Assist System. This autonomous parking system works in exactly the same way as the ones found in the Focus and Golf – you drive around until the car identifies a space, stop, and then use the accelerator and brake while the car tackles the difficult job of steering.
Find out how much you could save by putting the Kia Cee’d in our car configurator.
Put any of these cars in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more options, head over to our deals page or, if you’re still struggling to pick your next car, check out our car chooser.