Can you recommend a comfortable, safe car?

I bought a Volvo V40 in December after selling my Jeep Cherokee. I have just driven to Italy in it and discovered it's giving me serious amounts of back pain (something I never had in my Jeep). Can you recommend a safe, equally zippy, used car in the budget of £15,000, please? Thank you.

Asked on 18 September 2020 by Emma KM

Answered by Andrew Brady
We'd recommend a Kia Sportage. It's a very comfortable choice, with supportive seats and a high driving position which might help your back. Most models (all but the entry-level '1' trim) come with adjustable lumbar support, which should help too. You might find the standard 1.6 GDi engine to be a bit lethargic but the T-GDi is much zippier. Also consider a diesel - the 1.7-litre's a very efficient engine and might suit your needs if you're regularly covering long journeys.

Also consider a Renault Kadjar. It's similar to a Nissan Qashqai, but majors on comfort. The 1.3 TCe petrol engine is pretty punchy but, again, opt for the 1.5-litre diesel if you cover a lot of miles.
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