Motoring Advice: I am a retiree - what car do you suggest for city driving?
Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'
I am a retiree driving an automatic Nissan Primera, which I plan to trade early next year. Annual mileage is quite low, mainly city driving. I qualify for disability refunds on new car purchase. There is an attractive array of crossovers on the market now. My top priorities are height for ease of entry/exit, visibility, parkability and, of course, economy. Price is not the determining factor. What do you suggest?
Aidan: I'm not convinced you need a mid-size SUV like a Nissan Qashqai, so start your search with the Toyota CH-R hybrid. Opt for the Luna Sport model if you can. It's a comprehensive package that ticks all your boxes. The hybrid part means it has batteries (they recharge themselves, so you don't need to plug it in) but also means it's a bit more expensive than other compact SUVs.
If your budget is more restrictive, consider the Nissan Juke. You already drive a Nissan, so perhaps you have a good relationship with your dealer. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is sprightly, but if you want to stick with automatic opt for the 1.6-litre petrol. It's still cheap to tax at €280/year. Everyone goes for the SV model and you should too.
Lastly, look at the 1.2l petrol Peugeot 2008. Treat yourself and go for the Allure Auto model (reversing camera and a panoramic glass roof).
These models are vastly more advanced than your Primera. Take your time when collecting your new car. Don't leave until you are comfortable using all the tech.
Eddie: I think Aidan is correct in advising on the size of the new car. His Toyota suggestion is faultless but, bearing your requirements in mind, I'd also suggest the Honda HR-V, which strikes me as a fit for you too.
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