What vehicle offers ease of access that I could replace my Ford Fusion with?

I drive a 1600cc petrol Ford Fusion auto, registered 2006. I originally purchased the car as I am tall and at the time had two elderly and disabled parents who need the ease of access. My needs have now changed and I would like a smaller hatchback. However I am now a voluntary driver for a local club for older people. So I still need the easy access. A Fiat Panda has been advised, but as I intend to keep the car for some years I would like to be sure of my purchase and feel that there could be a number of options. I could afford up to £20,000. My main driving is local with occasional motorway trips. What do you advise?

Asked on 26 October 2013 by LF, Ingatestone, Essex.

Answered by Honest John
Something upright with four side doors that provide ease of access to all seats. Small: Suzuki Splash, Vauxhall Agila. Bigger: Hyundai ix20, KIA Venga, Ford B-Max, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008.
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