What Car? Personal Shopper: best city car for a wheelchair user

Want a new car but don't know where to start? Just send us your criteria and we'll give our new and used car choices, and tell you how much we can save you...

Honda Jazz

Buying used

  • Our recommended choice: 2017 Honda Jazz 1.3 VTEC S 
  • Price: £8000
  • Mileage: 19,000

If you're looking for a huge boot and maximum practicality in a small package, then the Tardis-like Honda Jazz may well be the car for you. Fold the rear seats down and the space available could almost house another Jazz within it, or certainly a folded wheelchair and a zimmer frame. It's a class-leading amount of space, and nearly matches those of cars with far larger dimensions. You can even flip the bases of the rear seats upwards so that tall items can be housed widthways in the interior. There's a tiny lip to haul things over, but the boot is quite close to the ground so this won't be an issue. There's a false floor too, so you can stow things out of sight if needs be. 

  • Also consider: 2018 Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI SE
  • Price: £8000
  • Mileage: 18,000
Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Open up the rear hatch of Skoda's popular Fabia and you'll be confronted with a good-size boot of a usefully square shape and with a low lip and easy access. Fold the rear seats down and there's an excellent space which is both long and wide with a flat floor for loading larger items on to - it'll easily house the wheelchair and zimmer frame. Added to that, it's a lovely car to drive.

  • Also Consider: 2017 Citroën Berlingo 1.6 HDI Feel
  • Price: £10,000
  • Mileage: 18,000
Citroën Berlingo Multispace

To some, they may be reminiscent of vans with windows, but in fact cars like this Citroën Berlingo drive a lot better than they look. Their raison d'etre is the amount of easily accessible space they offer in the rear. Open up that huge rear door with its exceptionally low loading lip and you'll be able to shove just about anything you fancy in there – you could almost live in it. You'll need to spend about £2000 more than our other two choices for the same age of car, but you'll get more room than even those can offer.

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