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What's your choice: Low vs High driving position

t has been a real question that have had quite a few discussions with friends who are comfortable driving the low seat Honda City , whilst I could not get much delight (only the stance ). My first steed was a Wagon R, loved the tall boy design and seat height, followed by the Swift with a slightly lower seat but nothing much to complain.

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Well it’s always been more comfortable when I drive a high stance seat (blame it on the Ambassador we had in the family which made me fall in love with driving as such, and our driver who allowed me to steer when I barely could touch the pedals).

It has been a real question that have had quite a few discussions with friends who are comfortable driving the low seat  Honda City , whilst I could not get much delight (only the stance ). My first steed was a Wagon R, loved the tall boy design and seat height, followed by the Swift with a slightly lower seat but nothing much to complain.

Then the City came in to my garage, but somehow felt out of sorts on the low seating and then after a few years sold it off (lockdown and travel cut down) . The Ecosport was my choice, perfect ergonomics but unfortunately they stopped the bookings.

I then test drove the Sonet. Loved the seat position and booked it (after reading a few new car ownership am motivated to write one for the same and will do so shortly once I am ready).

I am not talking of ground clearance here, only the driving position and the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • High seat position.
  • Good visibility of the road.
  • Egress and Ingress easier.
  • Spinal cord and the femur will be thankful so will the pelvic.
  • Tolls it is easier to pay (not after Fastag came in though)

Cons:

  • Good visibility of the road. (-)
  • Egress and Ingress easier. (-)
  • Spinal cord and the femur will be thankful so will the pelvic. (-)

Others please feel free to chip in.

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

I love low seating, but only in fast & sporty cars. For everything else (including mainstream cars), I prefer high seating because of the road view it provides. Have experienced first-hand that, in some low seating cars, you can easily miss the unmarked speed breakers.


Voted for high.

Here's what BHPian shancz had to say about the matter:

IMO, preference depends on the following factors:

  • Physical limitation like a bad back necessitates an easy and high seating.
  • City driving dealing with traffic and short drives are easier in a high seated easy access car like the wagonR whereas a mountain road is best enjoyed in a low seated car like the Civic.
  • The car itself, I wouldn't want to drive a Civic with as high a seat as a wagonR, kills the fun and a wagonR with low seating defeats its purpose and USP, IMHO.

Now talking primarily of highways I would prefer a low seated sedan/hatch that responds better over a high seated SUV.

Voted for low.

Here's what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

As someone living with a weak back and a history of slip disc and cervical issues, a higher seat is always preferable. Driving in a chair like position puts minimum strain on the lower back and shoulders. Lower cars tend to be more tiring to travel in.

Here's what BHPian naveen.raju had to say on the matter:

Voted High.

I am going higher with each car Swift -> Ecosport -> Creta. I simply can't find the sweet spot on the Jetta.

99% of my drives are through B2B traffic and it gets easier now. Also, I tend to get a lower back pain during long drives. This higher seating position takes care of that most of the time.

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