7 Easy-to-drive Cars For Elderly Parents And Senior Citizens
Published On Sep 10, 2019 1:19:25 PM
When buying a car, those who are young generally look for style and performance. However, the requirements of the elderly are vastly different. They’d rather buy a car that’s compact, offers good ingress and egress, is comfortable, safe and drives well.
While a lot of cars in the market fulfil the above-mentioned criteria, we have listed down the seven best cars for the elderly under Rs 10 lakh. The cars mentioned below are affordable, easy-to-drive, park and manoeuvre in the city. They also get essential safety features as standard for stress-free driving. Additionally, all of them have an automatic transmission option, which should make driving in the city a relatively stress-free affair.
The Grand i10 is an attractive package in the Rs 4.98 - 7.59 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) price bracket. It offers a feature-laden cabin and intelligently designed interior storage spaces. The materials used inside the cabin gives it an upmarket feel. The seats are also extremely comfortable, while ingress and egress are also easy. There is a 4-speed automatic transmission option on offer as well. On the safety front, it gets dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors with camera, rear defogger and impact-sensing door unlock feature.
Next in the list is the uniquely designed Ignis. With a healthy ground clearance of 180mm, high seating position and ample leg- and headroom, it is a viable option for an elderly driver. Additionally, it gets plenty of features like LED projector headlamps, auto climate control and infotainment system with navigation. Safety-wise, it gets dual front airbags and ABS with EBD. The compact body structure of the Ignis makes it easy to maneuver in congested areas too. Adding to the convenience is the 5-speed AMT. It comes with a claimed mileage of 20.89kmpl.
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The Ford Figo is a value-for-money hatchback that matches the needs of both the elderly as well as young drivers. It’s quite easy to manoeuvre, park and on top of that comes with class-leading safety equipment. It gets an impressive safety kit comprising six airbags, ESP, ABS with EBD, traction control, rear camera and more. Talking about the mileage, expect it to return around 25kmpl. Plus, there is a 6-speed torque converter automatic option that your parents will love, considering the ever-increasing city traffic.
Another car that demands your attention when buying a car for an aged driver is the Tata Tiago. Premium-looking cabin loaded with features, automatic transmission (5-speed AMT), well-contoured front seats with adequate support, height-adjustable driver seat, rake-adjustable steering - this Tata hatchback has it all. It also ticks the boxes for important safety features such as ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. At 27kmpl, the Tiago offers claims to be among the most fuel efficient hatchbacks.
On the more premium side of the spectrum is the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. On all major fronts including comfort, convenience, safety, performance and fuel efficiency, giving the Baleno eight on ten won't be inappropriate. From dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking assist with camera to CVT, it is equipped with all the necessary features. Maruti claims that it can return 27.3kmpl, which is really impressive. So if you have enough in your kitty and want to treat your elders to quality, combined with Maruti’s reliability, the Baleno is the car you should be looking at.
In the sub-compact SUV segment, Hyundai’s debut product, the Venue makes a strong case for itself. It comes with plenty of convenience and entertainment features as well as safety tech. Its road presence is also pretty impressive, even though its proportions are not very big, making it quite manageable in the city. Starting from Rs 6.5 lakh, the Hyundai Venue can be a treat for the elderly, thanks to a high seating position, easy ingress/egress, ample head- and legroom, apt storage spaces and DCT for a relaxed ride experience. Expect it to deliver around 23kmpl.
Last but not the least, the Ford EcoSport can also be a good option for an elderly driver. A sub-4m compact SUV, it offers a high seating position not only for the driver, but for all occupants. While the elderly face trouble getting into a sedan due to its low profile, cars like the EcoSport make travelling easy and fun for them. When it comes to safety features, like any other Ford, the EcoSport also comes with plenty. Notable ones include ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, traction control, stability control system, hill launch assist and emergency brake assist. Moreover, you get a 6-speed automatic transmission option, which is a must for aged drivers these days.