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Great cars for retirees

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Hyundai i10

As our population matures, what are the best cars for retirees?

Retiring from work is one of life’s great turning points. You’ll have more time to devote to the things you’re really interested in and - if you’ve done your financial planning effectively - you'll have a bit of money to spend as well.

One of the first things many people do on retirement is to buy a new car. But what do you choose? Your motoring needs will probably change; you may be doing less mileage so economy might not be such a big issue, but you’ll still want reliability. There are issues of practicality too, getting in and out of a rakish sports car may not be compatible with stiffening joints, and you’ll probably need space to take the grandchildren on days out. However, none of these things mean you need to give up driving pleasure.

Choices for downsizing

If you’ve been used to having a large car for work, retirement may be a good opportunity to downsize to something smaller and cheaper. At the budget end of the market the Dacia Sandero is one of the cheapest new cars you can buy and is inexpensive to run too. The Stepway version has a higher seating position making getting in and out a little easier.

For those who spend most of their time on short journeys the new Vauxhall Viva is an attractive choice. Sharing only the name with its 1960s ancestor, the latest Viva is a thoroughly modern and practical small hatchback and its tall design makes it feel spacious inside.

You might also consider the Hyundai i10. This Korean hatch is comfortable, enjoyable to drive and offers good levels of standard kit so there’s no need to give up your creature comforts. A five year warranty is an added bonus.

Practical cars for retirees

In retirement your car may have to perform a lot of different functions. Whether you need to take the family out, do the weekly shop or carry hobby equipment such as fishing rods or artist’s easels, practicality is a key issue. The Kia Venga is a popular choice with older buyers. The design may be a few years old and it’s not the most economical, but it offers easy access and plenty of interior space, all in the footprint of a small hatch. And there’s the peace of mind of a seven year warranty.

Many older buyers appreciate the high driving position and solid feel offered by an SUV. The Jeep Renegade may be based on a Fiat 500, but it offers genuine off-road ability and its boxy shape means there’s plenty of room inside.

For those who have dogs or lots of kit to move around but don’t want to buy an SUV, a traditional estate car is the obvious choice. The Skoda Superb estate has the largest boot in its class yet it also offers a blend of decent performance and competitive running costs, especially if you opt for the 1.4TSi petrol turbo.

Indulgent retirement choices

Retirement is about enjoying yourself and if you have the funds available you might want to splash out on something a little special. The latest Jaguar F-Pace is the company’s first venture into the SUV market, offering space and practicality combined with the sort of style and performance only a Jaguar can deliver.

If you’ve been used to driving a company car and are not yet ready to give up your creature comforts, the Lexus LS delivers all of the luxury you could ever want. From a practical viewpoint it also comes from a brand that routinely tops reliability surveys so you can buy with confidence.

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