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Vehicle Accessibility

To help you get the right car for your mobility needs, we have included accessibility measurements wherever possible. These are provided by RicaOpens in new window , an independent consumer research charity.

Vehicle measurements

When using the Car Search , you can refine your search according to your required measurements, but please bear in mind that not all vehicles have measurements available. Alternatively, you can find out the accessibility measurements for each car (if available) by clicking through to the car specifications page.

More accessibility measurements on Rica's website

Getting in and out

Measurements such as door opening angle, door width, door sill height to ground and door sill height to floor of car can help you work out how easily you will be able to get in the vehicle.

Travelling in the vehicle

Measurements such as seated headroom can help you find a car that has the right amount of space when travelling in the vehicle. If you need a high seat, or will be transferring from a wheelchair, you may find the seat height measurement useful.


If you need to carry mobility aids or equipment, it’s vital to check that they will fit. The length of the boot with the back seats up will help you work this out.

The red arrows on the diagrams below represent each measurement. Values can be found for each vehicle  (where available) on the Car Search .

Getting in and out - door opening angle


The door opening angle takes into account things like door pockets that may reduce the space you have to get in and out. This measurement represents the minimum space you would have.

Getting in and out - door width


This refers to the width of the door from the back of the seat to the front door pillar, this will help you calculate the space to get in and out of the vehicle.

Getting in and out - door sill height to ground


Measured from the top of the sill to the ground (this will differ if you are parked by a kerb) and will help you work out the distance you need to step over to get into the car.

Getting in and out - door sill height to floor of car


This is the distance between the top of the sill of the car to the floor inside the car, this will help you calculate the distance you need to step over to get into the car.

Travelling in the vehicle - seated headroom


This measurement is the distance from the centre of the seat to the inside roof of the car.

Travelling in the vehicle - seat height


Measured from the highest part of the driver’s seat, this is the vertical distance to the ground. The measurement will differ if parked against a kerb.

Stowage - car boot length


This is the length of the boot floor at its longest point from the back to the front allowing you to work out if the boot is large enough for any equipment you travel with.