Question for short ladies and the partners of short ladies
I’m confused – I though this was the thread about ladies shorts
We’re a lanky household but – cars have become more and more ruggedly built in the last few years as NCAP ratings have become the main marketing battle – thats resulted in thick pillars and high waistlines on the latest models of cars. If you are looking at 5 year old models maybe try favouring late versions of old shapes rather than early versions of new onesPosted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
I currently own a shortish wife. She doesn’t like driving big cars for a number of reasons, one of which is not being able to see out very well and being able to see all corners of the car.
Best we found were – Daihatsu Sportrack then a Terios and now a Panda 4×4 – I know that they are all 4×4 but her job dictates that she has one. The driving position is mush more upright and provides her with good visibility.
(not entirely unconvinced that they are also the motoring equivalent of Cuban heels) 😀Posted 5 years agoclubberMember
I’m the opposite end of the scale but have a Mondeo and a focus. The seating position is quite different between them with the focus being shorter/higher so it may well suit her. Mondeos are huge too..
fwiw as an ex-rower I know quite a few women who used to cox and are of similar height to your wife. they all drive fairly normal cars and seem to manage fine.Posted 5 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Mrs mW is 5′. Over the years we’ve had a Polo, Sierra, Herald, Golf, Beetle, VW Van and currently a Civic. She’s been fine with all of them. She also used to work for a car leasing company and had to drive all sorts from mondeos to ferraris got on fine with all of them. Pick a car you like and give it a go, it’ll likely be alright.Posted 5 years ago
Mrs mW is 5′. Over the years we’ve had a Polo, Sierra, Herald, Golf, Beetle, VW Van and currently a Civic. She’s been fine with all of them. She also used to work for a car leasing company and had to drive all sorts from mondeos to ferraris got on fine with all of them. Pick a car you like and give it a go, it’ll likely be alright.
When we just tried the mondeo (51 plate) the seat was all the way forward and as a result the handbrake was behind the edge of the seat so pretty awkward. I suspect those extra two inches are all the difference.Posted 5 years agotronMember
Golf with height adjustable drivers seat. Oddly the old ones are better – pull a lever and you can raise the seat or drop it in a second. The new ones have a slightly odd handbrake lever on the right of the seat that you have to pump.
A 3 series or C class might get you electric memory seats and steering wheel which could be very handy if you swap cars regularly.Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
my wife is 5′ (and half an inch), I’m 6’2″
We have a C-Max, I have the drivers seat all the way down, she has it all the way up. That’s about it, don’t even need to move the steering wheel.
We both aspire to a car with not only motorized adjustment, but with memory settings. When we win the lotto…Posted 5 years ago
My lovely wife is pretty tiny – 4ft 10. She just passed her driving test yesterday (1st time woo!) and we’re trying to work out what car to get her. At the moment we’re thinking a 4-5 year old Focus as we both like fords (i’ve got a mondeo at the moment and she learnt to drive in a fiesta). However having just tried her driving my mondeo round a carpark (complete with doggers!) we don’t think the driving positon will work for anything other than emergencies wondering if that will be a problem with a focus as well.
So – short ladies and partners of short ladies – what car do you have? Ideally focus / golf sized.Posted 5 years agoclubberMember
I hadn’t really considered the airbag/short person scenario.
Looks like I might be just as much at risk too! 😯Posted 5 years ago
I’m pretty sure if the drivers seat is desiged to go forward the air bag would have been designed to accomodate that as well.
As an ex engineer, I can’t help but think the bloke who designed it would have designed for the range of seat adjustment and then made some assumptions around relative length of torso vs legs etc. And if you’re at the edge of the envelope (I can’t imagine it’d go below 4ft 10) and have long / short legs / short torso that doesn’t fit his assumptions….. 😮Posted 5 years agohelsMember
I’m five nothing, it really doesn’t make that much difference, everything is adjustable in modern cars.
My second car was a 1970 Ford Falcon, bench seats, I had to have a big cushion to reach the pedals as you couldn’t move the seat forward much.
The only real issue for me is seeing out the back properly, just takes a bit more practice and ahem trust with reversing and more attention to looking properly before you pull out.Posted 5 years agoCougarSubscriber
My 5′ 2″ wife has a skoda fabia and no issues, getting a motorbike for her is the big issue.
I’ve a mate with a similar issue; he bought a BMW bike (GS IIRC) and had the option to have it specially lowered to fit. I think they offer an embiggening kit for taller riders too.Posted 5 years agoIAMember
Dunno if mentioned above, but sometimes higher spec versions of cars have height adjustable seats.
E.g. I have a new spec berlingo, and the seat height adjusts enough that when me or my partner drive it our heads are both roughly the same height despite her being a foot shorter than me. I’m 6’4, she’s 5’4.
Hondas also have a lot of up down, japanese cars need to suit shorter folk!Posted 5 years agotronMember
Air bags in European cars are very different to the ones fitted to US cars.
Essentially, Europeans are mainly fairly sensible and tend to wear their seatbelts. So the airbags have smaller charges and are designed to stop you moving forwards once the seatbelt has more or less stopped you.
Americans of course, know better, and don’t wear their seatbelts. So your US spec airbag is designed to stop 300lb Bubba from 55mph to 0. So they tend to go off rather more violently…
So don’t believe anything you read about airbags being bad for you from an American source.Posted 5 years agopebblebeachMember
I just put the seat right forward, it is fine.
til the airbag goes off and snaps your neck.
Mmmm no one thought through the design then or are you saying its based on people of average height.
My sisters ping sized and she manages just fine in any car she’s tried.Posted 5 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
MrsMCTD is 4’10” and partially disabled to boot.
Currently we have an Octavia estate and a Fabia. Previously had Megane, 306, test drove 207s, Clios, Ibizas and Polos. Size of car not an issue for her, it’s the seat/steering wheel adjustment.
Best was when the only automatic courtesy car they could source for her was a Toyota Previa….she looked really small driving that around!Posted 5 years agomuddy@rseguySubscriber
To be honest a lot of Japanese cars tend to be better for shorter drivers for all the obvious reasons. The only car my wife ever really felt comfortable driving was her parents Toyota Corolla . However if you like Fords and need load space then you might want to look at a C-max or Kuga as they both have the same seating position (high position which is good if your short of stature) and a lot of adjustability for both seat and steering wheel. Also some of these have electronic handbrakes so lever reach is less of an issue.Posted 5 years ago
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