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Car with easy access for disabled - hugh
I am looking for a replacement for my parents Mondeo - father is finding it too low to climb out of easily. I have considered the Scenic but have been put off by reliability problems, and don`t really want a 4x4. Any ideas please? It needs a lot of (passenger) legroom and large doors if poss.
Thanks
Hugh

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Car with easy access for disabled - Honestjohn
Toyota Yaris. See road test of D-4D. The Verso is even better.

HJ
Car with easy access for disabled - Cardew
My wife has a Yaris Verso and I echo what HJ says about access - it also has a huge grab rail which helps. There is also a road test of the Verso on this site which talks specifically about ease of access.
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Car with easy access for disabled - TrevorP
Skoda Fabia.

Compared with Mondeo has much more upright seats but loses out on boot space.

Compared with Yaris has more headroom and legroom,
better seats and more pliant ride.

(the Yaris has sharper handling, the Fabia has speedo in front of you, but these are not top of your list).
Car with easy access for disabled - terryb
Citroen Berlingo Multispace. Lower than a 4x4 but enormous doors, rear sliders a real boon. And bargain-priced. New 2.0 Hdi is supposed to be the best of the range.

Terry :o)
Car with easy access for disabled - Honestjohn
Terry B has a point. But whoever posted previously, in no way ia a Fabia easirt to get in and out of than a Yaris. Where did you ever get that idea?

HJ
Car with easy access for disabled - TrevorP
"a Fabia easirt to get in and out of than a Yaris. Where did you ever get that idea?"

From you just now - I never said that.
Car with easy access for disabled - Ian Cook
Citroen Berlingo Multispace. Lower than a 4x4 but enormous doors, rear
sliders a real boon. And bargain-priced. New 2.0 Hdi is supposed
to be the best of the range.
Terry :o)

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Or a Renault Kangoo. A friend of mine has the 1.9 diesel version and getting in and out is very easy, grab handles too. It's a veritable tardis inside.

Ian Cook
Car with easy access for disabled - John S
Hugh

Friends of ours with not-very-agile parents confirm that their Yaris Verso is ideal. If your parents don't mind looking like Postman Pat, the Suzuki Wagon R is similarly easy for access.

Regards

John S
Car with easy access for disabled - Simon R
Worth trying a Ford Focus which was designed by engineers using 'old age' suits which restricted mobility. Doors open wide and seats are at a nice height.

Might even get a decent px on the old Mondeo.

Rgds

Simon

Car with easy access for disabled - blank
Hugh:

My father is currently in a similar situation. His Audi A3 Sport looks and drives really nicely, but he wants something a bit more versatile for loading, easier to get in and out of especially for very aged relatives travelling in the back! He also wants a perfectly reliable vehicle, which the Audi has not been and one which is capable of devouring long motorway journeys with ease.

He has looked at and driven the Nissan Almera Tino and seems rather impressed. He also plans to look at the Toyota Corrolla Verso.

I imagine either of these would be interesting to your father too.

Hope this helps

Andy
Car with easy access for disabled - Honestjohn
The Corolla Verso drives just like a Corolla, until you come to a corner. Then you don't get quite the nice surprise you do with the hatchback. See road test on this site.

HJ
Car with easy access for disabled - blank
Thanks for the helpful comments on the Corrolla Verso. Of course I had read the test drive report!
This car is now off the list because the dealer (Moons of Eccleston) were incredibly unhelpful when my father contacted them to arrange a test drive. The Yaris Verso was never on the list because, to quote my father, "I wouldn't want to be seen in one of them. They look awful."

The current favourite is a Honda Jazz, the versatility of which is a big selling point, as is a helpful dealer in Preston. The stiff suspension is not a problem.

Does anyone have any comments on the suitability of this car for long motorway journeys?

Andy

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