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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Cars For Older Drivers

June 9, 2015

It’s time for another edition of Top 5 Tuesdays and in the spotlight today we’ve rounded up some of the best cars for older drivers. If you’re getting a bit long in the tooth but aren’t quite prepared to hand over your license, our handy lineup will help you find a car that’s safe, practical and perfect for you. And if you’re a pensioner, car finance deals from the Car Loan Warehouse can get you behind the wheel of a reliable ride without eating into your savings. Ready to find out more? Let’s get started.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Original image by Cedric Ramirez

The Japanese automobile manufacturer has a longstanding reputation for reliability and the Accord lives up to the standard Honda buyers expect. For older drivers, safety can be a huge influence on the car they buy – and this saloon doesn’t disappoint. With great crash-test results, anti-skid and electronic braking features, the Accord focuses on the well-being of the driver. In the cabin, space is generous, even for tall drivers – and the driver gets plenty of seat adjustment with great all round visibility. When it comes to powering the Honda Accord, from the entry-level 154bhp 2.0 litre petrol to the 177bhp 2.2 litre diesel, all engines in the lineup provide a strong and smooth performance. Get behind the wheel of your own Accord, starting at just £23,200.

Ford S Max

2015 Ford S Max

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Since its 2006 launch, the Ford S-Max has been combining MPV practicalities with a comfortable drive. Thanks to its tall and spacious interior, access to the S-Max is easy for drivers and passengers of any age or height. Thanks to its 7 seats, this practical people carrier has room for the whole family – and when the rear seats are folded flat, the boot boasts a whopping 2,000 litres of storage space. There are various petrol and diesel engines available with the S-Max – with the greenest option returning 54.3mpg and emitting 139g/km of CO2. For a practical, fun-to-drive car suitable for any age, you can get your hands on a Ford S-Max for just £23,310.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul White

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The Kia Soul’s styling might be designed to appeal to younger drivers, but the small SUV comes with plenty of practicality for older drivers – and the entry-level cost of £12,800 won’t hurt either. Thanks to it’s ideal seat height and large doors, climbing in and out of the Soul shouldn’t be too difficult. The Soul’s dinky dimensions combined with good visibility makes parking in busy areas is a doddle. The Kia Soul comes with an impressive list of optional kit, including a heated steering wheel for the colder months – and even with bags of added extras, the Soul still manages to keep costs low.

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Original image by M 93

When it comes to cars for older drivers, look no further than the Subaru Forester. Coming in at £24,995, this SUV was built to last – coming with great visibility, easy access and plenty of practicality. Thanks to the Forester’s large, tall windows, blind spots are reduced and visibility is amongst the most impressive in the class. If you appreciate storage space, the cabin is equipped with generous door pockets and cupholders – while the boot boasts luggage hooks to hang up coats and suits. In terms of engines, the 2.0- litre diesel is the greenest choice – returning up to 49mpg and emitting 148g/km of CO2.

VW Up!

Volkswagen Up

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There’s a reason superminis are so popular with young drivers. They’re easy to drive and park – and cheap to run; factors which also make them ideal for older drivers. The VW Up’s compact exterior gives way to a surprising spacious interior – making for great driver access and visibility. Starting at just £8,870 – and with plenty of used models on offer – the VW Up! is a premium supermini, offering Volkswagen reliability and quality at a bargain price. The basic 60bhp model is perfect for a city run-around, however, if you frequent the motorway – we’d recommend the more powerful 75bhp model.

Whether you’re in the market for a Kia Soul or you’re leaning towards the Honda Accord, with our range of flexible finance options, cost needn’t been a cause for concern. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re committed to offering flexible finance deals to suit any budget – and age isn’t a factor. From responsible lending for first time drivers to pensioner car loans, we offer finance to suit you – with payments that you can afford.  Apply now to get the ball rolling, or check out our car finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.