Can you recommend a comfortable automatic car with good access, as I have a bad hip?

I'm 88 and am actively recovering from a replaced right hip. The need to be fully able to control the car in an emergency situation is prompting me to change to an automatic. Using your advised 2-pedal technique not only allows my left leg to apply all necessary force to the brake, it also leaves the much lighter job of the accelerator to my new hip. The question is what do I buy? What I think is I need is a nice comfortable two to five-year-old car I can buy for, say, £15,000 max, which will still give me some real pleasure to drive. Hopefully it would be a bit up-market with a few 'nice to have' extras. Your comments and suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Asked on 12 January 2012 by LW, Chester

Answered by Honest John
You need something relatively tall and upright for ease of entry and egress without too much bending. Suggest a Hyundai ix20 1.6 auto or a Kia Venga 1.6 auto. Smaller, a Suzuki Splash 1.2 auto or a Vauxhall Agila 1.2 auto. These all have relatively reliable, old fashioned 4-speed torque converter automatic transmissions.
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