'I love my BMW but I find it too low for my back. What do you recommend?'
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 drive a 10-reg BMW which I bought new. I love the car, but as a 70-year-old with back issues I find it too low and have difficulty getting in and out. I have to change to some type of Crossover/SUV. I would like something of similar quality/standard with comfort being a priority. I would like to spend €25/€30k, plus trade-in. For this I imagine I would get a new Crossover or maybe a 2/3-year-old larger SUV. I tend to hold on to a car rather than being a regular changer and do about 14,000km a year. There seems to be a huge choice out there and would value any pointers on which way I should go and what options you would recommend.
Aidan: Depending on how the deal is stacked, you could find that a 2016 Executive model Lexus NX300h is on the cards. It's ideal for you. Tall without being too high, comfortable, quiet, luxurious and with an automatic transmission.
It's also a hybrid, which your mileage most certainly warrants.
Eddie: On the face of it you are spoilt for choice but on your mileage it has to be petrol or hybrid so, therefore, a lot of SUVs are ruled out.
I just have a hunch that a brand new Toyota C-HR hybrid might interest you (it's also automatically automatic as a hybrid which is a help for anyone suffering from back pain too). It's a tad smaller maybe than you'd ideally like but I found it easy to access (and I've what they call a 'long back' - it has given me enough trouble anyway).
I also like the KIA Niro plug-in. It's nice and tall without being too 'SUV' and the cabin is excellent. You'll be spot-on budget wise.
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