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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 17th Jun 17, 8:59 AM
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    Car dimensions
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    • 17th Jun 17, 8:59 AM
    Car dimensions 17th Jun 17 at 8:59 AM
    Is there an on-line data base - showing car dimensions - particularly height of every new (and used ?) car available in the UK ?
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 17th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
    Yes, as a simple search easily found. For example:

    http://www.automobiledimension.com/

    or

    http://www.parkers.co.uk/car-specs/
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 17th Jun 17, 2:45 PM
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    Height of the car doesnt mean the seat is fairly high off the gound though, if thats what you were thinking.
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    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 17th Jun 17, 5:15 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 5:15 PM
    This is something that always occupies my mind when looking at next cars. I look online at various models, then tour the shortlist and choose the one that my wife and I can enter and exit with the least discomfort. I am talking about Motability here, as we are both disabled.

    IMO, only actually road testing and getting in and out of a car, can give the real experience of what it will be like for day to day ownership.
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
    • Geoff1963
    • By Geoff1963 17th Jun 17, 6:19 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 6:19 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 6:19 PM
    If height is the issue for e.g. a garage, sounds like it's there.
    If it is seat height you need, maybe that could be added.

    Some top-end models have air-suspension, useful for creeping under barriers, if you remember.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 19th Jun 17, 2:05 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 2:05 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 2:05 PM
    If this is for accessibility reasons the Motability website lists the seat base height (where your bum goes!) for most of the cars on the scheme - might be useful.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 19th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
    If this is for accessibility reasons the Motability website lists the seat base height (where your bum goes!) for most of the cars on the scheme - might be useful.
    Originally posted by almillar
    Thanks - its not for accessibilty reasons - just that the driver feels more comfortable in a taller car !!
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 19th Jun 17, 7:49 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 7:49 PM
    Thanks - its not for accessibilty reasons - just that the driver feels more comfortable in a taller car !!
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    If you want to play with their heads point out that higher car=higher centre of gravity=less stability on cornering and more likely to roll over with a fast change of direction.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 19th Jun 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 8:09 PM
    If you want to play with their heads point out that higher car=higher centre of gravity=less stability on cornering and more likely to roll over with a fast change of direction.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Good point - but she is in her 70's - so is no boy racer !!
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 19th Jun 17, 8:19 PM
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    Good point - but she is in her 70's - so is no boy racer !!
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    Boy racer has little to do with it - swerve to avoid something/somebody in the road can be enough.
    • davemorton
    • By davemorton 20th Jun 17, 12:32 AM
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    • WobblyDog
    • By WobblyDog 20th Jun 17, 12:34 PM
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    I'm guessing that's some kind of demonstration of how stable double-deckers are. I've sometimes felt nervous on the top deck of one of those when the driver has been a bit enthusiastic, but I was worrying unnecessarily. The heavy mechanical bits are low down, so unless all the heavy passengers sit on top, it should be OK.


    I've read that the motor industry use the H-point (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-point) to measure how high the seating is in a car. I'd like to see a comparison table for that.
    Last edited by WobblyDog; 20-06-2017 at 12:39 PM.
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