When you cross a certain age in life, the preference towards owning things changes. Talking in terms of the automobiles, you may not be looking for a car with good sound system or dashing design, but your area of concern would be the safety, ease of usability and comfort level. While most of the luxury cars offer these attributes, only a handful of affordable cars in India come packed with these features.
We have compiled a list of 5 such cars that will suit the needs of an old-age driver rather well. Remember, we analyzed the cars based on the attributes mentioned above, as well as the sales trend from the past. The cars may change based on the individual needs of the customers. Here's top 5 affordable cars for old age drivers!
USP - Cheapest car, Automatic available, Cabin space
The smallest of the lot, and the cheapest of all, the Tata Nano entry-level hatchback is the best buy for an aged person if budget and space are a concern. The indigenous car got a major facelift last year and now how refreshed design, good mileage and most importantly, an automatic (AMT) gearbox. Tata Nano give you a freedom of mind about the repairing costs in case of minor accidents, fuel efficiency and also easy of drive. A perfect budget city car we would say!
USP - Cabin space, Easy drive, Automatic available
The oldest of all, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is more than a decade old in the country and till going strong with the sales. And the reasons are obvious - it's a Maruti product with reliability factor, has a tall boy design for lots of cabin space and comes with an Automatic (AGS) gearbox now. Which means, any old-age person who is looking for an easy to drive, reliable and spacious car - Wagon R is a viable option. Moreover, it's reasonably priced, giving it an edge over the rivals.
USP - Reliable, Safety, Comfortable
The newest to join the list (not the newest technically, but it received a facelift recently), the Toyota Etios is as reliable and safe as it can get. With airbags and ABS as standard, even in the base variant and with an engine to swear by, Toyota Etios can be your car for the lifetime. The recent facelift has also ensured that minor problems like the body and cabin design are also addressed. A perfect buy for your parents, if a compact sedan is on the cards.
USP - 7-seater, Mileage, Reliable
Another Maruti on the list is the popular Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV. While it was hard selecting between Ertiga and the Innova as the preferable MPV for your parents, the price and mileage act as a scoring point for the former. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga got a facelift almost a year ago and with the added safety components, features, and the new SHVS engine (available in diesel only), Maruti ensured that it becomes an obvious choice for the elderly, if buying an MPV is what they are looking for.
USP - Spacious, Mileage, Comfortable
Last but definitely not the least is the mid-size sedan offering from the house of Japanese carmaker, Nissan. While we were contemplating the option between Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Sunny, factors like the cabin space, boot space and comfortable seats gave it an advantage over the former. You may not agree with us on this, but having kept the car for long, we can assure you that this is the best mid-size sedan for the elderlies out there!