Different age groups look at different things when they are buying a car. The young generation looks at the design and the performance of the car while buying whereas when an elder looks for a car, his requirements are different. He is looking for a car which is easy to drive, park, offers easy ingress and egress while being comfortable for long drives.
There are a lot of cars that suit and fulfil the requirements of elderly people. However, here are some that we have shortlisted that are easy to drive and can be chauffeur driven.
Fords are known for their strong build quality and the Ecosport is no different. It scored an impressive 4 stars in the crash test performed by GNCAP. The crossover is stylish and its compact dimensions make it easy to maneuver around the town. There are plenty of convenience features on offer such as cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, push start/stop button and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, you can get the EcoSport with a 6-speed automatic transmission and is also a very good chauffeur driven car. Safety is further boosted with 6 airbags, rearview camera, traction control, stability control and hill start assist.
Hyundai Santro comes with a tallboy design which opens up a bit more space in the cabin. It is also more spacious than the previous one and comes with a higher seating position which makes ingress and egress easy. Santro also comes with an AMT transmission which was specifically developed for its engine. Speaking of the engine, it is peppy and refined. When compared to other rivals the AMT transmission is smooth to shift and offers a good ride. The interior quality is also much better when compared to its rivals. The seats are also comfortable and good for long rides. As standard, you get dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and ABS with EBD
Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 is one of the easiest hatchbacks to drive especially with that 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine is very refined and the gearshifts are smooth in bumper to bumper traffic. The interior is cleverly designed with sensible storage spaces and the dual-tone cabin opens up adds liveliness to the cabin. The materials used in the cabin will make you will feel that you are sitting in an expensive car. Safety is taken care of by dual airbags, rear parking camera with rear parking sensors and ABS with EBD.
Honda City is one of the oldest sedans that is still selling in the Indian market and will soon be receiving a facelift. The City makes a very good chauffeur-driven sedan. The rear seats are extremely comfortable with a lot of legroom. The ride quality is very good and you will not toss around on the sharp bumps that filter through the cabin. Also, it comes with a CVT automatic transmission which makes it the smoothest automatic. The petrol engine is the most rated among the competition. You also get premium features like electronic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, frameless auto IRVM, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers and much more. On the safety front, you get up to 6 airbags, multiview rear parking camera with parking sensors, ABS with EBD and seatbelt reminders.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
If you are on a budget, then you can go for the WagonR. It has been for a long time in our Indian market and is known for its tall boy design and easy ingress and egress. It offers great visibility and is very easy to drive. The maintenance and spare parts are cheap and the service network is a cherry on top. It is also known for its great mileage and rev-happy engines. There are 2 engine options available, a 1.0-litre and a 1.2-litre which is more powerful and peppy. You can also get it with a factory-fitted CNG and an AMT. As standard, you get ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and dual front airbags.
These are some of the cars that you can purchase for your parents. Remember that the car you choose for your parents should be easy to drive and also offer good safety equipment. If you are looking for a chauffeur-driven experience then the rear seat comfort should be your top priority.
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