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7 best cars for empty nestersBack

The kids have finally flown the nest, so now you can start thinking about that car you’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re a parent who has been subjected to family-orientated cars for the past 21 years or more, you’ll be ready for a change, so now the children have left home, why not treat yourself to a new or used car.

Below are Trusted Dealers’ top picks of the best cars currently on the market for empty nesters, whether you’re looking for a sporty two seater, a luxurious Coupe or a more economical city car, we’ve got it all covered.

MazdaMX5Mazda MX5 (2015-)

If you’re looking for an attractive, sporty convertible that won’t break the bank, the Mazda MX-5 is the perfect choice. Mazda re-designed the MX-5 in 2015 to be even smaller and lighter than ever before whilst maintaining its sharp driving machine credentials. Behind the wheel, the MX5 handles superbly well zipping around corners with enthusiasm, whilst its efficient four-cylinder engine is perky enough to make it really fun to drive. Add to the mix plenty of creature comforts and infotainment features and it is hard to find anything better for the price tag.

Mercedes E-Class Coupe (2017-)

Mercedes-Benz have just released details for its new state of the art E-class coupe, available to buy in April 2017. Coined as “the world’s most intelligent executive car” by Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Coupe follows in the footsteps of the new executive saloon, the Estate and the All-Terrain. The new Coupe radiates beauty and elegance while emphasising the Coupe’s sporty and luxurious personality. The interior of the new E-Class Coupé offers a sporty feel combined with  pure luxury and all models come loaded with equipment. At market launch, there will be an initial choice between one diesel and three petrol engines with a range of outputs from135 kW (184 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp). Further engine variants and 4MATIC versions will follow.

Fiat 500 (2015 -)

The Fiat 500 is an iconic car, originally launched 50 years ago, and then reintroduced into the market in 2007. The Fiat is one of the smallest cars on the road, but also2016Fiat500 one of the most popular thanks to its quirky design and excellent driving credentials. Despite numerous limited editions being released, Fiat only introduced its second version of the car last year – the first version having sold a huge 1.5 million units. The Fiat 500 competes with the more expensive Mini Cooper and was launched to achieve pretty much the same effect – to offer buyers a cute, retro styled funky little car with excellent fuel economy.

BMW X1 (2015-)

The BMW X1 was originally launched in 2009 and since then it has proved its popularity. The current model released in October last year rivals the Audi Q3, Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Qashqai, but none offer quite the same curb appeal. The X1 comes with striking looks and a host of equipment as standard as well as an eclectic mix of fuel efficient diesel engines. To drive, the X1 handles well, but it’s not the best off-roader, so is best kept on the curb where possible. Furthermore, the new BMW X1 easily beats rivals when it comes to space and versatility, sporting a generous boot and plenty of head and legroom for a maximum 5 passengers.

ToyotaPriusHybridToyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (2016-)

The latest Prius Plug-In from Toyota has come a long way since the original Prius was launched and is now capable of returning 108.6mpg with emissions of just 59g/km. The new moderations are thanks to advanced batteries capable of carrying more charge than that of the standard car. Furthermore, the Plug-In version can drive up to 12.5 miles on battery power only, and at speeds of 62mph. In comparison to rivals, the Prius offers a significant amount of standard kit to include a sat-nav and leather upholstery, which when you take into account the £5,000 government grant, makes the plug-in Prius a very reasonable car to buy and own.

VW Up! (2016-)
If you’re looking for something that’s really economical, why not try out the smallest and greenest car in VW’s range, the VW Up! It’s a compact city car which costs from £8,340 to buy new and is in insurance group 1. The reliability of the Volkswagen badge ensures the Up is an ideal car for first drivers, and its green credentials mean you’ll pay less at the pump and no road tax. The latest VW Up! comes with the option of a new 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine offering up to 90 PS and plenty of extra equipment as standard.

AllnewJaguarXFJaguar XF (2015-)

The new Jaguar XF offers more technology and better fuel efficiency than ever before. Weighing in as much as 190kg lighter than its predecessor, its lighter weight helps contribute to much-improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures. Jaguar confirmed 83 per cent of the parts on the XF were new, and as well as its structure, the XF now adopts the XE’s suspension setup. The XF is slightly shorter than its main rival, the BMW 5-Series, but despite this, the company claims it offers a fraction more leg room. The boot is also a whopping 540 litres, equalling the best in the car’s class alongside the Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Posted by Leana Kell on 16/12/2016