Small Cars vs Big Cars- Which Is Right For You?

It is not unusual for first time drivers to opt for a smaller model of car when they first get their licence and hit the road. Of course, this means that upgrading can be rather daunting. In fact, those who have drove a land rover for as long as they can remember may find themselves in the same predicament as they prepare to downgrade to a smaller vehicle.

Whether you’re used to a tiny hatchback or an oversized 4x4 the team here at V12 Sports and Classics have got you covered. Read on to find a few differences…


Smaller cars are often fitted with 1.0 or 1.2 engines and whilst they are much more fuel efficient, they don’t offer as much power as a large car would as they are fitted with a 2.0 engine. The reason that larger engines provide more power is to do with how the fuel is consumed. Inside an engine there are pistons and cylinders which move through something known as a combustion chamber and this is where the fuel is burnt in order to produce that power and drive. With a larger 2.0 engine the chamber can burn around 2 litres of fuel with every revolution, which is much more powerful than a 1.0 engine could produce. In fact, this is why smaller cars tend to struggle on motorways as they are not built to burn fuel at such fast rates.


Not only do bigger cars take up much more space on the road, they also provide a lot of it in the interior too. After all, they aren’t large for nothing! From leg room to boot storage, if wiggle room is what you are looking for then a large car is much more suitable than a smaller car. After all, city cars tend to be much smaller in comparison, especially when it comes to the boot. In fact, some of them only seat four people instead of the usual five. However, whilst this may not be suitable for a family it is often the best choice for newly qualified drivers.


Cars are not cheap to run which is why it is important to factor the cost into your decision. For example, larger cars are known to be more expensive to purchase and run due to the amount of fuel they guzzle in order to support that large engine. On the other hand, smaller cars are incredibly fuel efficient which means that many drivers tend to fill them once a month at the most depending on how far they travel. If you can afford the expenses that come with a larger car then the power may be an attractive quality, however smaller models may be best for those on a budget.

Here at V12 we like to help our customers to find the perfect second-hand car regardless of their size. After all, just like no two drivers are the same, every car is also different. To find out more information about the different qualities that separate a small car from a big car get in contact with a member of the V12 team today!