What’s the best smaller car for ease of access? 

A reader is looking for a nearly-new small or medium-sized car that's easy to get in and out of. What are his best options?...

Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 RHD front seats

I suffer from arthritis in both knees and am looking for a hatchback with good access to lessen my difficulty with getting in and out of it. I would prefer a model with a petrol engine and one that’s larger than a city car.

My budget is £16,000 and, although the car doesn’t have to be new, I’d prefer it to be less than one year old, so a pre-registered or ex-demonstrator would be ideal. 

I have looked at the Kia Ceed and Xceed, but would welcome any advice on which other models to consider. 

John White

What Car? says...

Conventional hatchbacks don’t have the best access as their driver's seats tend to be fairly low down, so you may be better off with an MPV or a small or medium SUV.

Volkswagen Touran front

Our highest rated MPV is the Volkswagen Touran. It’s based on the Volkswagen Golf and feels similarly good to drive, but has taller, wider-opening doors, a low side sill and higher seating position, all of which should make it easier to get in and out of than a Golf. It can be fairly pricy in some trim levels, but a 2019 model in SE trim should be within your budget, either with the 1.6-litre diesel or the 1.2 petrol engine. 

Seat Ateca 2021 front tracking

Not all small and family SUVs have higher driving positions than hatchbacks, but two exceptions to this are the Volkswagen T-Roc and Seat Ateca. You should be able to find a 2019 1.0 TSI petrol T-Roc in SE trim for around £16,000, although you may have to opt for a slightly older Ateca.

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