This trip I ordered a compact. The ads usually give you an example as a Ford Focus for a mid-size. But the cars have actually been a bit bigger. It isn’t the driving that I find difficult, it is the parking. Or as Eileen calls it … bending.
The winner … A Nissan Micro. Micro might be a good name for it. We can barely get both checked bags into the ‘trunk’ area, but it is really a hatch back. With the back seat available, we did just fine. However, as Tammy stated … it had that feeling of being squeezed in.
But, it fits. It fits on national roads, but more importantly, the local roads. Even better, parking was so much easier. Not only was there room between the lines in car parks, but when you back out of the spot, you have room to maneuver. The bonus, I actually paralleled parked a few times.
If you are reading this and are considering driving in Ireland, I would suggest the compact size. Don’t fall for the ‘€2.00-a-day-upgrade’ to a mid-sized. Size does matter, especially if you want to go confidently down smaller roads and not panic when that semi comes around the bend.