What car should an elderly driver get for £20,000?

An 80 year old friend is looking for a new car and has difficulty getting into cars which are too low down. She previously owned van like cars when her husband was alive to accommodate his wheelchair, but would like a nice car, something a bit higher up than normal. Can afford up to about £20,000.

Asked on 2 January 2017 by David Green

Answered by Honest John
There's two ways to look at this. MPV, which is high with a relatively low floor so more space efficient. Or SUV, which is jacked up off the ground and is about the same height but with a high floor. A KIA Niro is not a bad idea, combining MPV and SUV with hybrid drive: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-niro-2016-.../ Alternatively, a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech which offers the choice of 110PS and 6-speed automatic or 130PS and 6-speed manual, both with 'Grip Control' and all season tyres to cope with mud and snow: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-20.../
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