What's the best car for a tall elderly driver?

With the ULEZ zone due to expand I need to change my diesel Toyota Corolla Verso for something compliant. The problem is I am 6ft 10 inches tall and have arthritis in my spine which makes getting in and out of a car difficult.

I have looked at a lot of cars but find on the likes of a Honda CR-V and Honda Jazz there is not enough head room on the door aperture so I have to put my head in first and then shuffle onto the seat. I tried a Skoda Superb but the seat is too low for easy entry. Looking at mobility cars, it would seem that a Mercedes Vito or Sprinter are the only vehicles with suitable access but are too big for everyday use.

Any thoughts on an alternative? I would prefer a petrol automatic as I don’t do many miles and it is usually in traffic.

Asked on 23 May 2023 by John roberts

Answered by David Ross
Given the need for a high seating position for easy access and lots of headroom we would suggest an SUV would suit your needs best.

We would recommend looking at the Skoda Kodiaq, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 or the Kia Sportage, all of which are available with petrol engines and automatic transmissions.
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