Buying a new car is a big decision, and if you’re considering upgrading to something bigger and more spacious there are a few things to bear in mind. Here’s what you need to know.
Pros- more space
First things first, the most obvious reason to buying a bigger car is that is has more space. If you have a family, chances are you’ll need space for things like prams or pushchairs, kids bikes and space for groceries and shopping trips. Bigger cars will generally have more boot space which can be much more practical than a small car depending on your needs.
Cons- more expensive to buy
Bigger cars generally tend to be more expensive to buy. There’s always the option to utilise finance if you need to spread the cost, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to spend more on a larger car than you are on a smaller one of the same age and brand. Purchasing an older model will help you to keep costs down, check out the used Jeep models on this site for examples.
Pros- more comfortable
More space generally means a more comfortable ride. If you’re a larger person then a bigger car is likely to suit you better, however, even for your average Joe a bigger and more spacious car will generally offer more comfort. If you do a lot of driving then something that’s comfortable is likely to be high up on your checklist when buying a new car
Cons- less fuel efficient
The main downside with bigger cars is that they’re not as efficient when it comes to fuel. Not only is this bad for the environment but it’s bad news for your bank balance too. If you have a bigger budget, newer models often have hybrid or fully electric options now; if you’re going with an older petrol or diesel model you’ll want to consider the fuel efficiency and make sure it’s something you can afford to run.
Pros- more upgraded models
Brands tend to put their best tech and features into their larger cars, so when you buy a bigger car you generally have better features all round. If you’re used to scaled back, smaller hatchbacks and other smaller models then this can feel like a huge upgrade. From more safety features to more and better on board technology, you’ll pay more but you’ll generally also get more.
Cons- harder to park
Not a huge issue, but it can be problematic if you’re doing a lot of city driving or often use busy car parks. Parking bays arent always accommodating for larger vehicles so it can be difficult if your car is a little bigger than average. Bigger cars can also be harder to park if you’ve always had a smaller vehicle, but it’s something you’ll get used to and with features like cameras and parking sensors it doesnt need to be as difficult as you’d think.