Crucial control

I wish to replace my 2001reg BMW Compact automatic, fitted with push/pull type hand controls and a steering wheel peg. Ideally I am looking for a front wheel drive car of similar reliability, size and build with a slightly higher seating position to enable easier access. It has a BMW multi function steering wheel that enables me to access the cruise control (which I use frequently) with my right thumb while covering the hand accelerator/brake control. Many new car models have stalk mounted cruise control - mainly on the left which would require me to take my hand off the steering peg to operate - not a good idea. Most conversions for hand controls do not include a means of making the cruise control accessible whilst using the hand controls. Any suggestions for a replacement that has cruise control that is operated from the steering wheel would be appreciated.

Asked on 20 March 2010 by P.C., Aberdeen

Answered by Honest John
Sorry, I simply cannot remember all the cars I have driven with steering wheel mounted cruise control v/s stalk mounted. Mercedes are definitely stalk (separate stalk). I think Vauxhalls/Opels now have it on the steering wheel. Fords do. The new Hyundai ix35 Premium does. Purely by coincidence I have just been testing a car that might be ideal for you. It's the new Nissan Cube, available with a CVT automatic from £15,300, and with the cruise controls exactly where you want them on the right side of the steering wheel. It looks a bit odd, but another advantage is low sills and wide opening doors that make it very easy to get in and out of. And it drives fine.
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