Is Your Driver’s Manual Like War And Peace?

Sun 10th Apr 2022

If you’ve ever had the smallest little problem with your car then you may have had to consult your driver’s manual to get to the root of the problem. But for some that can be quite a hefty task, with some of the manuals having more pages than literary classics of years gone by.

Now new research has revealed which models have the biggest car manuals, with some taking an mind-numbing 43 hours to read!

The analysis by Scrap Car Comparison focused on the manuals of 100 leading car models to find which had the weightiest tomes, the biggest, by some considerable distance was the book for the Audi R8, with 308 pages and 616,064 words.

As a comparison, Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace is only 28,000 words, while you could read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series in three hours less than the R8 manual.

It seems the wordsmiths who put together the Audi manuals have never considered an editor, they have have three in the top five, including the e-tron (603,649 words) and the Audi A3 (174,181 words). But it’s not just technical supercars that get the wordy treatment, one of the most popular cars in Europe, the Ford Focus, makes the top ten, with a manual taking 163,225 words and an average read time of 11 hours and 25 minutes.

Scrap Car Comparison also rated the manuals on how easy they were to read, with Tesla’s Model Y performing well, having an age suitability of 12-13 years. The McLaren 765LT is the trickiest to read.

“Though most car manuals do not have the same appeal of a good beach read, it's been fascinating to reveal from our research just how long these manuals take to read from cover to cover,” said Dan Gick, managing director at Scrap Car Comparison.

“And while some seem to get it right in terms of reading length and accessibility, other manufacturers may need to think about whether they're making their manuals overly complex.

“However ultimately, no matter how long - or seemingly boring - your vehicle's manual may appear, it's important to familiarise yourself with its contents. If not, you risk your vehicle becoming unsafe or falling into disrepair, which could lead to a premature trip to the scrap heap.”