The Volvo XC60 crossover offers a comfortable ride and excellent
While younger drivers may be willing to tolerate stiff suspension and a utilitarian interior if it means cheaper motoring, there comes a time when every driver seeks out a little extra comfort, whether in the city or on a motorway journey.
From a large, comfortable interior to important safety features like stability control and airbags, the features that older drivers – particularly people aged 60 and above – look for in cars can differ from those that attract younger drivers.
Features that younger drivers may not even think about, such as being able to easily reach a seatbelt or exit from the driver’s seat, are also important priorities for older drivers in need of a car that’s comfortable and accessible.
Are you in the market for a car that’s safe, comfortable and built with the needs of an older driver in mind? Read on to learn about five of the best cars available in the UK for older drivers, from crossovers to luxurious European sedans.
Stylish, comfortable and amazingly safe, the Volvo XC60 is a unique crossover that’s half 4×4 and half family car. Designed with families in mind, it’s also a great car for older drivers seeking safety and comfort at a price that isn’t too unreasonable.
Like all modern Volvos, the XC60 is built with safety in mind. The XC60 scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, with everything from front and side airbags to an automatic braking system helping protect both driver and passengers.
The XC60’s cabin is decorated using high quality components and materials, making it a comfortable place to spend your time. Although the XC60 is relatively expensive, it’s cheaper than similar European models and relatively affordable to run.
As well as being safe and comfortable, the XC60 is quiet on the road and relaxing to drive. With four, five and six-cylinder engines available, it’s also powerful enough for longer-distance trips and motorway driving.
BMW 7 Series
Large, luxurious and extremely comfortable, the BMW 7 Series is one of the world’s most desired cars. Look inside the cabin and you’ll see why – as well as being large and spacious, it’s packed with luxury features that make it a pleasure to drive.
The 7 Series is not a cheap car, although two to three year old models are available at a significant discount from the new price. However, for the older driver with the budget, it’s one of the safest and most comfortable vehicles on the market.
Quiet even on the motorway, amazingly safe and fitted with one of the best interiors of any vehicle available today, the 7 Series scores highly in every category. It’s also available with a good selection of engines, including a petrol-electric hybrid.
Although its price tag puts it out of reach for those on a modest budget, the BMW 7 Series is a fantastic choice for older drivers with money to spare and a need for the smoothest, safest and most luxurious driving experience possible.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is classic Mercedes – a comfortable, safe four-door car with conservative yet elegant styling. Although it’s produced by a luxury carmaker, the E-Class is available in a variety of configurations to suit almost all price ranges.
Like other cars in its price bracket, the E-Class is extremely safe. It’s fitted with nine airbags for support and safety in the event of a crash, a stability control system that keeps it steady even at high speeds and even collision-detecting brakes.
Several engines are available, from simple four-cylinder engines to larger, sportier options. The E-Class is also available as a hybrid, which offers good fuel efficiency for such a large and spacious car.
One feature that makes the E-Class a great choice for older drivers is its electronic seat adjustment and easily accessible seatbelts. Comfortable, practical and built to last, the E-Class is a popular choice with older drivers for plenty of good reasons.
Citroen C4 Picasso
Available from £17,760 brand new, the Citroen C4 Picasso is a stylish mid-sized car with a comfortable interior, good performance, excellent safety features and a solid build quality that’s also refreshingly affordable.
Although the C4 Picasso lacks the power of the larger cars on our list, it offers more than enough for motorway and city driving. The car is available with both diesel and petrol engines, both of which offer good fuel efficiency.
Quiet in the city and only slightly noisy on the motorway, the C4 Picasso is spacious inside and comfortable for motorists. Light steering and easily adjustable seats are additional selling points for older drivers seeking a comfortable experience.
With a five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests and several airbags, the C4 Picasso is built with safety in mind. Priced fairly, comfortable to drive and very safe, it’s an excellent option for older drivers seeking a well-rounded, spacious car.
The IIHS Top Safety Pick, the S80 is Volvo’s flagship sedan. Packed with features of all sorts, from entertainment to safety, the S80 offers an incredibly comfortable ride and a selection of efficient yet powerful engines.
Designed, like other Volvos, for the safest ride possible, the S80 has scored well on a variety of safety tests. With headrests specifically designed to prevent whiplash and six airbags, its cabin is one of the safest available on the market today.
While it’s less luxurious inside than its German rivals, the S80 offers a comfortable ride and an interior that’s sure to hold up over time. The car’s interior technology isn’t likely to confuse thanks to a simple interface built for users of all ages.
The S80’s driving position is easy to adjust, making it a great option for drivers that like to customise their seating to their liking. As a large sedan, it also offers a great amount of rear seating comfort and plenty of storage space.