2016 Small Luxury Cars for Tall Drivers
If you’re moving up in the world, the small/entry-level luxury car might be an option for you. While these may be the “small” luxury cars, that doesn’t mean that none of them will fit a tall driver.
I’ve gathered the interior dimensions for this segment of cars, including headroom, legroom and hip room. You’ll notice that a lot of the hip room measurements are missing. There are several OEM’s that apparently don’t report this measurement.
Let’s take a look at these three categories:
2016 Small Luxury Car Leg Room
As always, I’m using the total leg room measurement here. That’s the addition of the front and rear leg room. The average for this segment is 75.26 inches.
The 2016 Infiniti Q50 leads the category in leg room by over 2 inches. Close behind are the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, and Acura TLX. All of these vehicles have about 77 inches of leg room.
Short in the leg room category are the Mercedes-Benz CLA class, BMW i3, Audi A5 and Lexus RC.
2016 Small Luxury Car Head Room
Head room is the room I’m least happy about sacrificing. Here are the numbers on head room for entry luxury cars:
Leading the way here is the BMW 3-Series with 40.3 inches of headroom. The Infiniti Q50 offers about the same amount of headroom, with the BMW 2-Series trailing closely. On the short end of the headroom competition are the Audi family and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2016 Small Luxury Car Hip Room
Here’s where things get a little weird. Hip room is a measurement of the width of the seat. It’s a measurement that’s important for drivers that are both big and tall. But there aren’t hip room measurements for many of the vehicles in this segment.
Here are the measurements that we do have:
None of the vehicles reporting hip room are running away with the competition. All but the Acura ILX come in at about 55 inches. This is a situation in which feedback from those who’ve driven these vehicles could give us an idea of whether or not the hip room is satisfactory.
The Big Picture
To add one more element to this comparison, I’ve included MSRP:
At the expensive end of the chart you’ll find the BMW i3 (which is an electric vehicle, to be fair), the BMW 4-Series and the Audi A5. These three start above $40,000. On the low end we have the Acura ILX, which starts under $30,000.
The Audi A3 and A4, Lexus CT200h, Mercedes Benz CLA-Class, BMW 2-Series and 3-Series, Volvo S60 and Cadillac ATS start between $30,000 and $35,000.
I hope that this post helps you in your small luxury car search, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences.
Have you driven any of the vehicles listed in this post? Let us know how you felt about that car in the comments.