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Easiest Cars to Park

Which cars are some of the easiest to park? Read these tips to help you find out.

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You might think you’re a rubbish parker. Perhaps supermarket car parks cause you a lot of stress as you try to edge into the smallest of gaps.

However, the car you drive can make a big difference between slipping into a tight place right in front of the shops or having to park 3km from your destination.

A formula for easy-to-park cars

When looking to purchase a car, there’s a simple guide you can follow to determine how manoeuvrable the car will be.

  • Check the wheelbase. Generally speaking, a car with a short wheelbase (the distance between the front and back wheels) and a low number of turns from lock-to-lock on the wheel (found in the manufacturer’s brochure) should be easy to park.
  • Consider the turning circle. Also factor in the turning circle that manufacturers publish in the brochure. The number is usually presented as the turning circle between kerbs. This is the minimum width a road must be for a vehicle to turn around in one single manoeuvre.
  • Autonomous parking. Additionally, some vehicles now include autonomous parking features or advanced parking cameras that create a 360-degree representation of your surroundings.

These gadgets, combined with parking sensors make parking a breeze!

A handy parking tip

If you’re parking on a shop-lined street, use the reflections in the shop windows to assist with manoeuvring.

Three cars to consider

FIAT 500

The Fiat 500 is a fun drive– at least in a city. Its compact form and minimal body overhangs make it perfect for busy metropolitan streets. The 500 has a nifty 9.28m turning circle and a 2.3m wheelbase.

One area the 500 excels, though, is the inclusion of a city driving mode. When you press the little steering wheel button on the dash, the steering rack speeds up and the wheel requires less effort to turn. Some reviewers state it’s one of the best features ever for parking and we wonder why other manufacturers haven’t followed suit.

Smart ForTwo

If parking a car under pressure in a pocket-sized space is your kryptonite, the Smart ForTwo may be the answer. Though no longer available to purchase from new, there are loads of these minuscule two-seaters for sale on the used car market.

Why is the Smart ForTwo so easy to park? Because you can park it at 90 degrees to the kerb and stay within the lines. Effectively, you only need half a space to park. The overall length of Smart ForTwo is 2.69 metres from the front bumper to the rear. The turning circle of this four-wheel scooter is just 6.95m, at one time, the tightest of any car available.

For reference, the modern Mini has a massive 10.8m turning circle and a ute turns in 11 or 12 metres. The ForTwo should be able to do a u-ey on almost any Australia road.

Mitsubishi Mirage

No, this is not an illusion! The Mitsubishi Mirage hatch is a handy tool for city parking. With 14-inch tyres fitted, the Mirage will make a 180-degree turn in 8.8m. However, the Mirage is not available with any blind spot monitoring, parking sensors or parking cameras, so you’ll need to have a decent level of parking ability to start with.

Looking at a new car? Compare the finance options below

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
IMB New Car Loan
4.99% (fixed)
5.34%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$275.12 ($250 Application fee + $25.12 PPS registration fee)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old.
Loans.com.au - New and Dealer Used Car Loan
From 4.67% (fixed)
5.22%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$400
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Note: Settle the loan before 30 November 2020 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel voucher. Terms & conditions apply.
Credit Concierge Car Loan
From 4.45% (fixed)
5.29%
$10,000
1 to 7 years
$350
$5
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.45% p.a. with a comparison rate of 5.29% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.

CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79% (fixed)
7.16%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$265 ($175 Establishment Fee + $90 Security Administration Fee)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
NRMA New Car Loan
From 4.99% (fixed)
5.69%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$499
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p. a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Plenti Car Loan
From 4.89% (fixed)
5.44%
$10,000
3 to 7 years
from $249 to $799
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
Driva Car Loan
From 4.34% (fixed)
5.5%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$295 (Varies by lender, starting from $295)
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.34% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed
From 9.99% (fixed)
10.88%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$150
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate between 9.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 10.88% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
Symple Loans Personal Loan
From 5.75% (variable)
6.47%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
from 0% to 5% of the loan amount
$10
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
NRMA Used Car Loan
From 6.49% (fixed)
7.19%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$499
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
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IMB New Car Loan

You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one up to two years old.

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Beyond Bank Low Rate Car Loan "Special Offer"

You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.89% p.a.
Take advantage of a competitive rate, pre-approval and no early repayment fees when you finance a car under two years old.

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RACV New Car Loans

You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.

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NRMA New Car Loan

You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.

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