Best cars for older drivers

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Some people in their 60s and above find driving as they age more overwhelming – after retirement if you’re not driving as frequently, new roads, busy motorways, night driving and congested city streets can all feel daunting.

Choosing a vehicle that helps you feel safe, comfortable and confident on the roads is a great way to help you combat any concerns and stay behind the wheel for many years to come.

Things to consider

Seniors have different needs from their vehicle from young families or new drivers – typically, price becomes less important than advanced features like parking assistance that can help make driving safer and more comfortable.

Start by considering your budget, where you’ll be driving and how often you’ll be driving. Will you regularly carry passengers and family members like grandchildren? How much storage do you need? Getting a sense of your basic needs will help you narrow down your search when you’re buying a car to help see you through the years.

Look for a car that is the right size as well. If it’s too big it will be difficult to get in and out of, but if it is too small it can be equally uncomfortable. Choose a car with lots of interior room and make sure you can step in and out of it with ease. Seats with lumbar support, an adjustable steering wheel and even adjustable pedals are all features to consider.

Visibility is another concern for many older drivers. Advanced safety features and new technologies can help with everything from checking your blind spot to parallel parking. Reverse sensing systems, rear cameras, and blind spot warnings are all technologies that have been recently developed and could be useful to older drivers. It’s worth noting however, that many of these features do not come as standard, so if they are important to you be sure to negotiate carefully with your car dealership and keep in mind that anything extra you add on will be on top of the starting price of the car.

Finding expert advice

If you’re thinking about a new car, the Internet is a great place to begin your search. You can find expert commentary, research new features and even book a test drive at your local dealership.

You can also find plenty of inspiration about the best cars suited to older drivers. The Telegraph has published a list of the 10 most comfortable cars, while Aol has put together a handy guide of cars to enjoy in your retirement.

MSN Cars has also recently published a list of the safest cars of 2013, which is a great place to start if you want to learn about the newest cars that are receiving high marks for innovative safety features. The experts at Carbuyer published a similar list of its pick of the safest cars on the road, offering detailed commentary about each vehicle along with a video review so you can see the car in action.

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Freddo Frog
30th Sep 2016
0
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I have a 2008 Skoda Octavia Estate with the 1.9 Diesel engine (the best engine that VW ever made according to my garage man and local cab drivers as they can cover 300,000 miles). It is absolutely relaiable, economical and cheap to insure. Friends with Audi and BMW Estates have changed to a Skoda after trying mine, and been delighted. As with all VW Group cars avoid the 2.0 Diesel and DSC gearbox.
I have looked around several times and always come back tothis. If I change it will be to a 2010 version - the last year with the 1.9 engine.
Kalive
16th Mar 2016
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Hi, I'm just coming up to my 70th birthday and at the moment I drive a Toyota Prius. I find it difficult to enter and exit the car and would like a SUV or a car that is easier to enter ....with a good boot...any suggestions out there please. I have only just joined the silversurfers a few moments ago so I'm not quite sure how this works.
glen0747
14th Dec 2014
1
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I drive 2008 vectra daily through birmingham and also ride a 2013 triumph sprint gt 1050 motor bike that's more than some youngsters can do
hhhpsmlh8
17th Nov 2014
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I am 68 Have a Porsche 993 C4S for weekends and an E36 M3 as a daily driver.
Not ready for mediocrity just yet...
tony archer
11th Nov 2014
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I can't understand why no one has mentioned a Toyota RAV4. My XT-R has 52000, a sound clutch, such roadholding and 47mpg. All you feel is safe and secure and at 77 you feel it. The downside is tax but the Etonian idiots who run the country are totally unable to accept and respect the value of a good diesel I certainly wouldn't pull one out of a ditch...
Ray Whipp
6th Aug 2014
1
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And you all started off in a PRAM...
Sandy King
4th Aug 2014
0
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I'm 61 & just bought a Vauxhall Signum elite. 1-9 very fast. Six speed, cruise control & leather seats. Love it.
Chris Stones
14th Jul 2014
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I am 67 and have a Toyota GT86 which is a sports coupe. It is a fantastic car, quick and brilliant to drive. I can also get 40 to the gallon if I don't cane it. You cannot get a washing machine in the back but we have an S Max for that. There is plenty of room for fishing tackle though.
John
11th Jul 2014
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I have to agree age is not so much the barrier but people general health, iam 65 and have a 350 CDI grand edition Mercedes 4 door coupe, i bought it as its different and at 272bhp cruises well,though its not a BMW on the road re handling its safe and comfortable however the Xenons are the business with adaptive go around corner headlights
they are excellent as age does bring up night driving if you have a car with poor lights on countey roads and its a big car with big wheels and not so friendly on bad roads, if looking buy one , With airmatic supension and problem solved.. I have driven owned Porsches for 25 years from 944 Turbo to a Boxter S and both never gave me a problem
And for going where you put them they still take some beating ! I lkke lots of cars from Ford focus upwards.
lingwood
2nd Jul 2014
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Nissan note perfect
Roger
24th Jun 2014
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Whatever your age, just enjoy driving any car you can afford and desire. It gives you independence and you will know when it is time to stop. I enjoyed sports cars for many years but now run an Audi Q3 and enjoy its versatility.
Keith
26th Jul 2014
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I have a Q3 very nice car good for getting in and out of but problem is it has to many problems always in the garage and audi have know idea how to fix it.
Flying Scot
22nd Jun 2014
1
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I am 76 and my wife is 66! We love our 10 year old Toyota MR2 Roadster SMT, which I drive as it should be driven. (Within the law of course!) This car is not about straight line speed. It is about HANDLING! It goes round corners on rails and we drive all over the Yorkshire Dales and Derbyshire Peaks! If it ain't raining, the top's down! Not exactly a fast car. (0-60=8.6 secs) but boy does it put a smile on our faces! We also rode a Suzuki 750 'gixer' and Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic 1350cc until last year, when I got a foot injury and had to give up riding. We then got a TRIKE! BTW - To get out of the MR2 I do as my wife does....SWING LEGS OUT & PUSH UP! Our friend's mother of 92 has just bought herself a Seat Soul 'cause it's nice and high for her. LOL.
dennis newsome
14th Jun 2014
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Seat Ibiza 1.2 fr 30.000 miles in last two years very enjoyable car for a 80year old golden surfer, I shall enjoy for as long as I can cost so far two front tyres cannot fault this car live long follow your dreams
and enjoy every day
Alan Taylor
13th Jun 2014
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A couple of years ago, I had a drive in a Lamborguini Gallardo on track. I gave it plenty of "welly". Probably the most uncomfortable car I've ever driven. Quick, though! Last year I traded my mk3 MX5 for a Suzuki Swift Sport, great fun& economical too. I retired in 1999 & have had 12 cars since. I just enjoy driving cars. By the way, I shall be 78 in August. I recently had some flying lessons, too. Very enjoyable. So don't give me this "silver surfer" cr-p! Bring back National Service!
Martin Read
13th Jun 2014
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What an idiot. Obviously, not a Silver Surfer as he would not talk such utter rubbish. I own a Mini Cooper S with a breathed-on turbo now producing 234bhp and I ride a Triumph Rocket, 2,300cc. Have just had a 2-week tour of France with my silver-surfer colleagues, all riding bikes over 1100cc. We touched 130 mph on the auto routes and all, at some time had the pegs down. None of us crashed, fell asleep at the bars of had to stop for a wee every 100 yards. I am the youngest at 69 ! ! ! I am happy to write a piece about vehicles for older drives but it will be nothing like this piece of unmitigated drivel.
shropshire lad
8th Jun 2014
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Bought a new Jazz hybrid in April 2012. £10 tax + 55mpg + loads of space + superb comfort. 28k so far and no probs, not even a change of tyres. Still two years if warranty and free servicing remain so will give you the full verdict in 2016!
Ben Daws
7th Jun 2014
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I'm 70 and love driving my 5th Subaru Forrester - a 2.5 petrol turbo 4x4. Superb in every way and does 30 mpg. It'll have to last me another 10 years as they don't make it with this engine now
Peter N
4th Jun 2014
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I bought a new Jag XF 2 years ago, I am shortly 72 years young . Love the car having owned Mercs, BMW and driven son in law's Ferrari, Bentley and many large 4 tracks but still get a great thrill in any car that is beautiful to drive and performs. Being in late middle age I look forward to many years of exciting driving.
lionel pridham
3rd Jun 2014
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Seat altea xl..very good car...dsg box is great..,.2.0l diesel gives 50 plus mpg..much better than the 1.6l...very comfortable and easy to drive...takes lots of luggage and a set of golf clubs and electric trolley...the folding mirrors are a boon as I live in Devon ...the engine is very quiet...
Bunty Denyer
3rd Jun 2014
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Well !.....as a couple of OAP's we drive a Smart car and would recommend it to all. The door is very wide enabling easy access and the seat high enough to just slide onto. Drives comfortably on the motor ways keeping up with all the bigger more powerful cars. They do get a bit irritated though when you wiz past them in the out side lane. Enjoy!
Pete Rumour
27th Jul 2014
1
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I have heard that silly comment from so many Smart car drivers and I put that down to the embarrassment of driving one. If a guy in a Jag (me perhaps?) was driving along at 70 quite happily, why would I get "irritated" just because you are driving like a fool? Believe me, if I wanted to stop you doing the overtake, I would just gently squeeze the accelerator and leave you in my dust!
But anyhoo.. Have you ever considered the consequences of a crash at 70mph in a Smart car? Let alone at above motorway legal speeds?
Smartie
31st Jul 2014
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I live in a hilly part of the UK and my lovely Smart leaves bigger cars sitting in my dust, light weight beautiful car with high seats and pretty good Mercedes roll bars. Best car on the road.
Mogono
1st Jun 2014
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I'm 65, owned VW Golf GT Tdi. Love my car more and more everyday.
Colin
31st May 2014
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At 62 I'll stick to my Hayabusa thank you!
Martin
31st May 2014
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I bought a 1999 Nissan Micra last year for just over 1K and I have not spent a penny on it apart from petrol, ins & road tax. It has just been so reliable and comfortable, would buy another one if someone decides to write it off by driving into it which seems to be the norm these days by scammers.
Tom Reid
30th May 2014
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New Ford Focus for me,roomy comfortable and reliable ,drives great and superb looking car unlike the dull German clones.
David Hutson
27th May 2014
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I'm 63 and like my car Skoda Octavia estate that I have had for 4years it's very economical comfortable and practical and gives me a little thrill on the motorway when I push the peddle down (within the limit) never had any problems with it and will replace it with a Superb when ready
Julian Bray
27th May 2014
0
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Vauxhall Astra works exceptionally well and knocks spots off the Ford Focus, better equipped and solid. Ford battery would konk out during the winter ( happened on two different models) Ford said both times it was OK... no problems at all with the Astra and a better ride too.....

PS I think a 20 year old wrote the piece, cheeky bugger!
John Stewart-Smith
24th May 2014
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After a string of Renaults I finally got fed up with erratic reliability and bought a used SAAB 93 1.9 TiD. AC, full leather, parking assistance, 50+mpg, heated seats what else? A pleasure to drive and to travel in.
I'm 82 years old, ex-military test pilot and fighter pilot, so mechanically alert.
I've selected a Skoda Superb Hatchback 2.0 TDi Elegance as my next car, but that will have to wait until my SAAB is exhausted, if ever!
Ronnie Hunter Blair
18th May 2014
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I had £2500 to spend on a car in 2012 and I visited a garage and there was a Land Rover Freelander 2.0 diesel manual on the forecourt and I bought without a test drive knowing it had been owned by a widow and expecting to spend a bit. So far I have spent £1,350 on a service, three tyres and new breaks. The vehicle cost £650 and has been totally reliable and if I freewheel as much as possible I get 70 mpg.
Dusty
24th May 2014
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Dreamer had land rover since time started but never 70 mpg you have some bloody long hills. And not here in UK.
JOHN BRAID
14th May 2014
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Lots of information to ponder on
Ralph H
12th May 2014
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Abarth 500c easy to get in and out, economical, easy to park, 4 seats (just about!), goes like stink and I love telling everyone I drive a red convertible Italian sports car!!!
Baysgarth Park
10th May 2014
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Ford Focus for me - every time
john h
9th May 2014
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Been driving a 2003 Nissan Almera Tino for over a year now, very comfortable, reliable, roomy, easy to drive nothing to complain about.
bob
7th Jul 2014
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I have had my Nissan 03 tino for four years and it is a lovely motor very reliable, comfortable and good to drive. must agree with you John.
peter jannece
6th May 2014
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I am 79 and drive a Mazda MX5 in Ferrari red.
I have a bad back but I find it easy to get into because I can drop down into it easily when the top is down which it is most of the time.
Hope to drive to Italy in it later this summer with the top down all the way.
Alex Fairbridge
9th May 2014
1
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How do you get back out of it ?
Ian Duncan
19th May 2014
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If you are like me, then you probaly do an old mans Commando roll to get out of the Mazda..
Dennis
6th May 2014
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What TWADDLE. Drive WHAT YOU LIKE. I drive a Defender 110 and a Defender 90. I offroad , (I am off to Salisbury Plain this weekend, the Yorlshire Dales in two weeks, and the Lakes a week later). I drove 50 - 100,000 miles PER YEAR for over 30 YEARS and I would drive none of the electronically controlled tripe that pass for cars today.
Peter Hobbs
26th Apr 2014
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After owning a few mercs and an s type jag it was a surprise to find just how good my current car is. An insignia 2.0 cdti sri auto. Ticks all the boxes powerful economical and comfortable and handles just as well as a Mondeo if not better. The steering is definitely superior. I would say interior fittings are up to Audi standards. In all a much underated car and a used car bargain.
Pete Ashford
25th Apr 2014
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I am 74, was thinking about a Morgan, but decided on a Merc CLK 320 Cabrio , a great car for top down motoring, heated seats , full heater direction to face, draught protector, a fully cossetted luxury place even in the Winter. James G. Im doing more than 20mph especially up here in Norfolk. Going to Croatia in the car this summer
John Rutherford
22nd Apr 2014
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What's your thoughts on the Power Shift Auto on the Ford B Max.

Regards John
Keith Willshaw
12th Apr 2014
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I just replaced my Seat Altea with a Ford B-Max. Both are easy to get in and out of with a higher seating position while being cheap to run and pleasant to drive.
stephen napper
11th Apr 2014
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nissan XTRAIL the best , most comfortable and reliable car for older drivers by far.
Oflife
17th Apr 2014
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Funny! Am 50 and bought an Xtrail for myself but my mum loves it. She is 78 but as Ib expected when I bought it, the fact she doesn't have to stoop to get in is a godsend. I feel guilty at recommending a tiny Nissan Micra to her but it is a lot easier to park!
James Goldie
9th Apr 2014
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I've had a Corvette C4 Automatic for a few years.. Best car for an older man (69 Years old) to enjoy the memories of youth and excitement again. The feeling of speed with the top opened is just as nice as it was when I rode a motorcycle and so is the exhaust note (noise) Great growl.... when given a bit of welly...
All old codgers do not wait for a 20 mph drive in a hearse.. AS THE SAYING GOES THERE IS LIFE IN THE OLD DOG YET..
Bob
23rd May 2014
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Viagra would be cheaper!
steve jones
5th Apr 2014
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had my insignia 2.0 cdti sri auto for 9 months, very comfortable and great to drive, well done vauxhall.
Tony Holland
28th Mar 2014
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I am on my third Vauxhall Meriva, the latest in August last, no stooping to get in. easy access to the rear seats. I just back in and sit down.

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