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2 meter wide car in Switzerland

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What is your experience of driving a wide car in Switzerland?

Discovery sport, BMWs X5, X7, Tesla Model X, Mercedes GLE etc...

What happens in the road works on the motorway? In the car wash? What about parking spaces?

I am thinking to upgrade to a 7 seater, but I see they are 2 meters wide and am wondering what it is like to live with that.
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Old 24.05.2021, 13:26
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

Parking is the biggest challenge with something 2m wide. I understand the parking space cantonal regulations in VD for example are min 2.35m wide by 5m. That leaves you around 15cm to open your door and exit on either side - good luck

Motorways not an issue but I suspect small villages can present difficulties too

We have an SUV that is 1.89m wide and it's snug in parking spaces which means you have to discriminate where you park
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

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Hello,
What is your experience of driving a wide car in Switzerland?

Discovery sport, BMWs X5, X7, Tesla Model X, Mercedes GLE etc...

What happens in the road works on the motorway? In the car wash? What about parking spaces?

I am thinking to upgrade to a 7 seater, but I see they are 2 meters wide and am wondering what it is like to live with that.
My experience:

There are no issues driving a 2m wide car. But if you are not confident, I suggest you buy something that is comfortable for you to drive. I drive a Jeep (1.9m wide) and most of the time when I overtake lorries on "motorway works areas" I fold the side mirrors in.

Parking is only a problem if you live in a city or majority of your driving time is in a city.

No issues whatsoever in car washes apart from paying SUV washing prices in Switzerland
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Old 24.05.2021, 13:44
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

My car is 193cm wide and I can confirm that parking is the biggest hassle. There are a couple of underground car parks here with lots of pillars/posts that are simply no-go for me. Street parking and above-ground parking generally present fewer problems.


Most of my driving is not city center, so that also makes a big difference.


For the car washes, my local car was was just wide enough, leaving about 2cm on either side of the guide rails, but they've recently upgraded (to accommodate more SUVs) and it's much more comfortable now.


Lastly, if you have a private garage of your own, be sure that it's wide enough to park easily. If you have to squeeze in every time you park your car, it can be a real stress every day.
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Old 24.05.2021, 14:42
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

I drove a Dodge Durango and a VW T4 Van, both around 1.9m wide and I never had any problem. The only problem I had with parking was one underground car park the van was too tall (2m). But everywhere else was no problem.
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

I drive a BMW 1.9m wide. Parking is not a problem because there are 3 cameras: 1 in the back and 2 in the mirrors. Some models even have one in the front so look in the screen your car from "above".

No problems in construction zones in highways after you see a truck can pass. So, any car can pass.

The local car wash is wide enough. Anyway, sometimes I need to do a manual wash because the automated one does not clean that well the bumpers and the fairings below the doors.

I have a wide parking in the apartment an had a wide parking in the job. So far, I only avoid a parking level of a shopping center because for whatever reason, in that level parking places are narrower.
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Old 24.05.2021, 15:35
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I drive a BMW 1.9m wide.

Which model? I thought you were a Corbin Sparrow type of guy
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Old 24.05.2021, 15:43
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

I have an X5 (New model) and have no issues, apart from sometimes needing to navigate tight kerbs, like at the airport and some underground parkings. I specced the car with four wheel steering, which helps a lot and the advanced parking sensors and cameras really negate any issues



I had initially planned on the X7 and while the width was not an issue, the length meant that once (eventually, after much to'ing and fro'ing) parked in my garage there was literally only 1 inch to the garage door and since Mrs GB mainly uses this car, I wanted to make her life a bit easier, so we went for the X5.


No issue with any other driving situation
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

Ditto experiences of others, my Landcruiser is 1.9 wide, and have never found that to be an issue in Switzerland. However we are very experienced drivers and have owned other large 4x4's, so already know to watch for undercover parking height restrictions, and usually head to the roof top level if we need wider spaces. FYI parking underground in the Zurich Marriot isn't fun - the circular runway leaves no margin for error!

Driving alongside a lorry when you're in some roadworks with narrow lanes does require very steady hands on the wheel and a bit of praying - the same for driving through some of the older villages with very narrow streets on the Swiss/Italian border, or in France....but otherwise all has been good!

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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

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Hello,
What is your experience of driving a wide car in Switzerland?

Discovery sport, BMWs X5, X7, Tesla Model X, Mercedes GLE etc...

What happens in the road works on the motorway? In the car wash? What about parking spaces?

I am thinking to upgrade to a 7 seater, but I see they are 2 meters wide and am wondering what it is like to live with that.
Get a Dacia Lodgy. 7 seats, 1.75 m wide. Problem solved and tons of cash left.
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Old 24.05.2021, 16:18
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Which model? I thought you were a Corbin Sparrow type of guy
Had to google what a corbin sparrow is. Nope, it's a M4 cabrio, not that roomy inside but it occupies some space outside
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

Plenty of people drive VW California and similar vehicles. I have driven this vehicle, but it's just 1.9 m wide, not 2.

If you want to use such vehicles as your normal car, including parking in public underground parking in the city, you better be comfortable with maneuvering such stuff. If you are, and you don't have the park in the public garages of Thun, you'll be fine. Otherwise it's more stress than it's worth. I know I wouldn't go for something this big as a daily driver, but I haven't had lots of practice with big vehicles.

In a suburban area, if you have a comfortable parking at home and at work, it's not an issue at all, as there is large or outdoors parking at the shops, and the police in most cities tolerate vehicles that are larger than the blue lines.
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

I have driven a 1.93 meter wide car in Switzerland for some time. Some older car parks are a pain and I won’t use them. Pfingstweidstrasse for example. Some others, like Jelmoli barely fit. I have scratched my side skirts in one of these parking gates... and the wheels on a high curb in an indoor car park. But it’s overall not a massive problem.
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

Drivers of these cars should require special training. In particular learning to stay on the correct side of the road. There is a lady in town driving one of the Volvos who thinks it correct to straddle the centre line, even with opposing traffic.
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

I am always astonished to see new houses being built with narrow garage doors... 10 to 20cm more would not go amiss (and will cut down on repairs in the long run...).
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

Go for a test drive. If it makes you nervous, then it is not for you.

I bought an X5 from a friend whose wife was just so scared of driving it after scratching one side view mirror. After driving only a few thousand KM, she left the car in the garage all the time and I got a very good deal when she finally gave up on it after almost 3 years.

I found it absolutely ok. As others said, some parking maybe a bit tight (if there is a wall or pillars) and you are bound to scratch your wheels, but hey, you will scratch your wheels even in smaller cars.
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Re: 2 meter wide car in Switzerland

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Yes a test drive was had, and it could even park it self if one wished.

My real wonder was about motorways, as the new car is 10 cm wider than current one (and it is really the weekend/holiday car for the long trips).
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Yes a test drive was had, and it could even park it self if one wished.

My real wonder was about motorways, as the new car is 10 cm wider than current one (and it is really the weekend/holiday car for the long trips).
So, what did you get?
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I am always astonished to see new houses being built with narrow garage doors... 10 to 20cm more would not go amiss (and will cut down on repairs in the long run...).
I literally had to fight with our architect to make ours bigger.
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So, what did you get?
Self parking? Sounds like the BMW X5 or X7. Ours has that feature, alongside a mobile phone sized key, neither of which we are likely to use!
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