We can’t judge a person by his/her size, but we surely can judge a car by its dimensions. ‘What is the biggest car in the world?’ is, though, a difficult question to answer to when there are so many factors involved. While at first glance it is easy to judge a vehicle by its size, it is quite hard to establish which one is the largest in the world as cars vary greatly on length, width, height, power, engine and so on.
In order to provide best informed answers to this dilemma, we have limited our research to street legal automobiles. The list is thus limited to current production cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans, and excludes industrial vehicles or other types of larger vehicles as we want to stick to road cars every person in the world would want to drive.
So what is the Biggest Car in the World?
If you are a car enthusiast and dream to own the biggest car in the world, check your pockets as our list features a few of the most luxurious automobiles available on the market.
The Biggest Car in the World by Length
Production Car: 255.9 inches (6,499 mm) – 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman
The luxurious Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman is currently the longest street legal production car in the world. Does it fit the biggest car in the world title? While this is a complex question to answer to, we can say that it sure is luxury on a very large scale.
Americans love driving pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. The biggest such vehicles currently produced are:
Pickup Truck: 263.0 inches (6,680 mm) – Ford F-250/F-350
SUV: 224.4 inches (5,700 mm) – 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
Van: 300.3 inches (7,628 mm) – Iveco Daily
The Biggest Car in the World by Width
Production Car: 79.9 inches (2,030 mm) – Lamborghini Aventador (2011)
Mercedes Maybach Pullman may be the longest car in the world right now, but the widest automobile title is taken by another super car, built in Italy this time. However, Lamborghini Aventador is beaten at this category by a 3 inches wider Chrysler Crown Imperial from 1954.
Pickup Truck: 96.0 inches (2,438 mm) – Dodge Ram 3500 DRW
SUV: 81.6 in (2,073 mm) – Range Rover (L405)
Van: 83.7 in (2,126 mm) – Ford Transit
The Biggest Car in the World by Height
Production Car: 64.6 inches (1,641 mm) – Rolls-Royce Phantom (EWB – extended wheelbase)
Roll-Royce Phantom (EWB) is not only the tallest, but also the heaviest production car in the world today. But the tallest production car ever manufactured is a Ford 60 HP from 1904, characterized by a height of 100.4 inches.
Pickup Truck: 116.4 inches (2,956) – Brabus Unimog U500 Black Edition
SUV: 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) – Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator
Van: 120.3 inches (3,055 mm) – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
The Biggest Car in the World by Curb Weight
Production Car: 6,052 lb (2,745 kg) – Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB
If Rolls-Royce Phantom is the heaviest production car in the world right now, the heaviest production car ever manufactured was a large luxury 1930-43 Mercedes-Benz 770 known as the Großer Mercedes weighting 10,582 lb.
Pickup Truck: 14,551 lb (6,600 kg) – International XT
SUV: 6,274 lb (2,846 kg) – Lincoln Navigator L 4X4
Van: 6,779 lb (3,075 kg) – Iveco Daily
Why Do Cars Get Bigger and Bigger?
Have you ever questioned yourself why cars got bigger and bigger over the years? Our nation is well-known for drivers in love with huge SUVs and pickup trucks. But what is the reason behind everything? Safety? Popularity? Larger roads than in other places around the globe?
Some say Americans drive monstrous cars because they afford paying for the gas wagons these vehicles consume, which is true. The gasoline is a lot cheaper in the US as compared to Europe. Big cars are fun as well, others say.
Let’s just have a look at how manufacturers like Honda or Volkswagen have produced larger and larger cars over time.
Honda, for instance, has built and sold more than 9 million Accords in the US over the last 30 years. Not only sales have increased, but also the space efficiency and length of vehicles.
Volkswagen has produced larger and larger cars as well. If you compare a Volkswagen Gold from 1985, for example, to a Volkswagen Golf from 2015, you easily notice a growth of size.
When buying a car, be it large or middle size, we all want comfort and the space we have inside our vehicle is part of that. The alarming aspect to the growth of car space, however, is that more spacious cars are preferred by larger drivers. Statistically, in the last 25 years not only cars have increased in size, but people got bigger as well. Is there a correlation between obesity and massive car production? If you have any thoughts or comments on cars getting bigger over the years, don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comment box below.