Small cars and newbie drivers – a match made in heaven

Updated Oct 18, 2022 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

It’s not always about size, especially for motorists just starting out.

Veteran motorists make driving look so easy, with constant effortless displays of hand-eye-foot coordination (especially when driving manual transmission vehicles). It’s the sort of confidence that newbie drivers aspire for, since the freedom afforded by independent mobility is of little use when you’re always anxious behind the wheel.

Suzuki Swift

Driving a car isn't always about the size

In theory, driving as an instinctive action should apply to anything with at least four wheels, a combustion engine, and a steering wheel. But reality dictates that a variety of factors should be taken into account, which beginners behind the wheel could be sensitive to. The easiest and safest way to a lifelong motoring journey is in the truism “start small.”

Small cars have a size in their corner

Think about it. Small cars hold a number of advantages that can be appreciated by drivers who are just starting out. The most obvious of these is size, as small cars don’t require as much real estate as larger ones.

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Small cars are ideal for those with rather cozy garages

This makes them an ideal choice for owners who have limited garage space, and it also comes in handy when going to parking facilities that impose size restrictions on vehicles.

Small cars are more agile 

There are times when those space-efficient dimensions could be a liability on the road. Many subcompact car owners can attest to being bullied by SUVs or trucks at one point or another while cruising along on an otherwise uneventful trip. This is where the second benefit comes in: maneuverability.

Chevrolet Spark

Agility helps small cars maneuver out of a tight spot

What a small car lacks in mass, it can make up for in being nimble enough to swerve its way out of danger. As a newbie driver would probably be stepping on the brakes quite often, a small car is less of a challenge to bring to a stop than a bigger vehicle.

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Small cars have fewer blind spots

Small cars don’t nearly have as much sheet metal to contend with as midsize cars, and this reduces blind spots that a newbie driver has to deal with.

Honda Brio

Negotiating narrow streets and passages is a breeze

Passing through a narrow street can be nerve-wracking for the inexperienced motorist, and having a small car makes it easier to judge the vehicle’s distance from the nearest hazard, be it another parked car, a wall, or other road users such as pedestrians.

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Small cars are more affordable to own

Then, there’s also the economic aspect. Generally, small cars carry a lower sticker price compared to bigger ones, which is good news for the cost-conscious newbie. Fuel efficiency is another plus, translating into fewer stops at the pumps.

Suzuki S-Presso

Small cars are generally easy on the budget to own, maintain, and personalize

Accessories and maintenance are also easier on the budget. In addition, small cars tend to have lower insurance premiums compared to larger vehicles, while still being engineered to the same standards of safety.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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