In the pursuit of making your life easier, self-parking cars might just be the next thing on your list. This may be because you want to stay up to date with the latest technology, or maybe it’s simply that you have missed one too many parallel parks and have drawn a line. Nevertheless, self-parking technology is a wonderful answer to the troubles of driving through its array of sensors and cameras that calculate how it’s going to squeeze into those tight spaces.
Self-parking ranges from partially autonomous to fully autonomous. The former of these tells you exactly what manoeuvres to take once the sensors have found a space. The latter of these does all the work for you, from finding a space, calculating the manoeuvres and turning the steering wheel. All you will need to do is start or stop the system!
Like all machines, it comes down to the operator to ensure the task is finished. While these modern systems are trustworthy, they exist within limits. For example, some will not be able to see a pole or tree, while others may not be able to parallel park along a curved kerb. However, with some practice and exposure, you can use this system to help yourself tremendously. So, without further ado, let’s explore some of the best self-parking cars out there!
The Vauxhall Mokka is a great SUV option that offers practicality, comfort and autonomous self-parking. The feature is available on both electric and regular models, which is fantastic if you are looking for some engine variety. This feature is available on the Ultimate trim level, which also comes with other excellent features like blind spot alerts, lane positioning assistant and adaptive cruise control.
The Mokka’s self-parking features are incredibly accurate with its panoramic rear-view camera and its system is very easy to use. The fully autonomous system does all the hard work for you other than working the pedals. If you are looking for just the base trim level, you are still offered great value with parking features like a front camera system, sensors, and much more.
The Peugeot 3008 is another great option if you are looking for a spacious SUV that takes the stress out of parking. The automatic parking system comes with the ‘Visio Park 2’ pack available on the Allure and above. There are three parking manoeuvres: enter a parallel park, exit a parallel park, or park in a bay.
The Peugeot 3008 is confident and accurate in its ability to park in bays, despite its size. The process is very simple in that you begin the parking system on the touch screen, drive slowly past a space until it detects it, let go of the steering wheel and simply control the reverse and accelerator pedals. There are a series of cameras surrounding the car to assist you until you're notified with an audible beep once you are successfully parked.
If autonomous self-parking and electric vehicles are the perfect pairings for you, then look no further than the IONIQ 5. As a blend between an SUV and hatchback, you are given the space and practicality of the former and the efficiency and handling of the latter. Being a large vehicle, sometimes you will need a little extra help getting into those tight parking spaces. This is where the remote smart parking assist helps.
Following a similar ‘scan and go’ parking process to the other vehicles in this list, the IONIQ 5 does all this and more in a polished, electrified and seamless cabin. The display monitors are well-designed and even show your parking position too. There is also the option to control your pedals manually using the car keys from outside the IONIQ 5, which is especially helpful if you need to manoeuvre the car out of a parking bay with limited space to open the doors.
One of the things that can make the Vauxhall Astra go from a great car to a fan favourite is its features. The advanced park assist is yet another one of these features that turn a regular driving experience into something you look forward to returning to. If you’re looking for a size and style but don’t want an SUV, then the Astra is certainly worth looking at.
With the press and hold of a button, the Astra can autonomously park in both parallel and perpendicular bays with confidence. This feature is found in the Parking Pack which comes with the SRi or Elite models, which offers excellent value for money with the addition of blind spot monitoring and surround cameras.
Peugeot has kept the ball rolling with their autonomous self-parking systems, and the 308 employs them incredibly well. As a family hatchback, the 308’s unique and front-end design might just be to your exact taste as an autonomous featured, well-rounded vehicle.
The parking assistant is available on the higher-end trim levels of the 308, or it can be purchased additionally on other models as part of the ‘Vision Park 3’ pack. This also includes a 360-degree parking camera which gives you confidence and security in even the tightest of spaces. If the Peugeot 308 is for you, but you are looking for something a little more simplified, then the standard models come with a bucket load of features to suit all your driving needs.
If any of these models have caught your eye, or you are simply looking for a car with better parking assistance, then you can easily find out more by taking a deeper dive with our experts over the phone or in-store. Feel free to browse any of our self-parking cars for sale in our new or used catalogues and make your dream of stress-free driving come true!