Small — or “compact” as they are more often called in manufacturer’s literature — cars are increasingly popular in this crowded world. Their small footprint allows small cars to offer defter maneuvering on busy roads full of huge cars and trucks, while also being more economical to run.
That’s the theory, anyway. If you are considering a smaller car, you might be surprised at how big a change it is to drive one. They are vastly different experiences from standard saloons and hatchbacks, so before you make a purchase, it’s worth running your mind through the pros and cons.
PRO: You have more options for parking.
There’s no doubt that it’s easier to find a parking space for a small car than a large one. You will be able to squeeze into gaps when parking on streets, and may even be able to find small corners of parking lots to make the most of. You will also find it easier to get in and out of your car due to the smaller size; it will feel as if the parking bays are bigger, which can be very useful.
CON: It can make you feel vulnerable.
Being in a small car on the road can be a tough knock, mentally speaking, especially if you’re used to driving a SUV or larger vehicle. You can find yourself eying the massive SUVs and huge trucks around you, feeling nervous at their overwhelming size compared to your car. It can feel like you’re one wrong move away from needing a new car and an injury lawyer, as surely any argument your small vehicle has with an eighteen-wheeler is a fight you’re going to lose. If you’re generally a nervous driver, this size discrepancy may worsen the issue, which is definitely something to keep in mind.
PRO: Vastly Reduced Costs
Driving a smaller car is undoubtedly better for your budget when compared to SUVs and large saloons. A smaller car will use less fuel. You will pay less in taxes. Your insurance cost will also be lower. Maintenance — such as replacing tires — will be more affordable.
If the financial aspect of the decision is important to you, a small electric car is about as economical as driving can be. They’re small, mighty, and able to save you a fortune.
CON: Your Haulage Options Are Limited
The smaller the car, the less you can haul. This might not seem like a huge problem when you contemplate it, but in practice, you might find it challenging. Your trunk will fill quickly, meaning you might have to transfer grocery bags into the unstable back seats. You will also be compromised for space should you go camping, or want to take a long road trip.
If this is an issue for you, then remember you always have the option of a roof box or potentially even a trailer, which can give you extra storage space when required.
Small cars have their benefits, such as the reduced fuel costs and the advantageous parking options. The downsides — potentially making you feel vulnerable on the road and reducing the goods you can transport — may cause issues, but these can usually be solved with clever thinking and workarounds. Ultimately, the pros are valuable enough to make a smaller vehicle a good choice for any driver.