Can you recommend a car with a flat floor and easy access?

As a long time reader of your column I do not recall anyone asking this question: Both my wife and I have leg trouble and need a car with a 'flat floor', i.e. one with virtually no door sill and an upright cabin for easy access. We have inspected numerous models, but apart from the Mercedes A-Class and B-Class they have all been rejected. We once had a Suzuki Wagon-R, which was perfect, but it had no springs.

Asked on 21 January 2012 by SL, via email

Answered by Honest John
My current model Mazda 5 1.6D has very low door sills and excellent access, a bit like the old model Ford C-Max. But there is no automatic version. You can get torque converter 2.0 petrol automatic and 2.0 diesel Powershift automatic versions of the old Ford C-Max.
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