Low Turning Radius of Cars and SUV – Helps Glide Through City Traffic

Looking for a car that will be comfortable yet functional in peak hour traffic? Then one of the parameters that you must consider is the turning radius.

car-turning-radiusEver been in a situation where you can avoid be stuck in a traffic jam, if you can make a short ‘U’ turn and take an alternative route? Then you will understand the importance of the car having a small turning radius. The big car or SUV on a national highway or express way may not only be spacious and but also safe. However, the same vehicle in peak hour traffic is city center can be quite a nuisance for 1 or 2 people for their daily commute. So choose your car wisely by also considering turning radius.

Turning radius and curb-to-curb turning  – what is difference?
The turning radius of the vehicle is the size of the smallest ‘U’ turn that the vehicle is capable of making. Imagine the wheels are dipped in paint and the car makes a ‘U’ turn.

The shortest size of the ‘U’ turn represented by the painted wheel marks of the car tyre represents the turning radius. Remember, this is not for the car body. Curb-to-curb turning of a car takes the actual turning radius of the entire car into account. When moving inside a building, the corners of the vehicles may hit the walls and hence the wall-to-wall turning radius has to be considered. So depending on the car, this curb-to-curb or wall-to-wall turning radius could increase based on the bonnet, trunk, and side view mirrors.

Turning radius of popular cars:
For your convenience we have compiled a list of popular cars and their turning radii.

Vehicle Model Name  Turning Radius (feet)
Tata Nano 13’2’’
Maruti Omni 13’5’’
Maruti 800 14’5’’
Maruti Alto 15’1’’
Maruti Zen Estilo 15’1’’
Maruti Wagon R 15’5’’
Maruti Swift 15’9’’
Maruti Swift Dzire 15’9’’
Hyundai i10 15’9’’
Ford Fiesta 16’1’’
Toyota Qualis 16’1’’
Tata Sumo 16’1’’
Hyundai Getz 16’5’’
Hyundai i20 17’1″
Maruti SX4 17’5’’
Toyota Innova 17’9’’
Mahindra Xylo 17’9’’
Fiat Linea 18’1’’
Mahindra Scorpio-Mhawk 18’4’’
Tata Safari 19’8’’

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