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Best cars for retirementBack

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If you’ve read last week’s article on how to choose the right car for your retirement – this week we’ve put our heads together to come up with five of the best cars for retirement.

Whatever your needs, we’ve found five very different cars perfectly designed to suit your changing lifestyle.

BMW 5-Series 520d SE Touring: Priced from £6,850 used

If you choose your car based on reputation and performance, you cannot go wrong with a BMW 5-series. It does everything it says on the tin, and more. Step into any BMW car and you can’t help but enjoy the thrill of the ride, and the car is built to look after your passengers well too, with every mod con you could need and more, if you’re willing to pay for it. The new BMW 5-series offers a set of engines more efficient than ever before, and if you opt for a Touring estate model, you’ll have plenty of room in the back too.

Jaguar XKR: Priced from £19,500 used

You’ve got some cash to burn and fancy yourself as the proud owner of a sportscar. Well, what better way to celebrate than with an XKR coupe? After all, you’ve worked hard for it so why not splash out your cash on something guaranteed to impress? Okay, so you could opt for a Porsche 911, but we’d resist and hold out for an XKR instead, simply because its a cracking car which looks good, is great to drive and sounds incredible too. But above all else, Jaguar have got interior comfort down to an absolute T, and if you really want to splash out, add an extra £6K to your budget for the convertible model.

Volkswagen Up! Priced from £6,390 used

If you’re keeping an eye on the pennies and looking for a city runabout which offers excellent fuel economy and low running costs, you cannot get better than a VW Up! Officially rated as the UK’s cheapest car to run, the Up! does not compromise on style and quality. Its interior is classy and remarkably spacious for a small car, in fact, you might even be able to squeeze a set of golf clubs in the boot at a push! Furthermore, you’ll benefit from a sound engine and a reliable badge guaranteed to hold its value well at resale.

Audi A3: Priced from £5,450 used

If you’ve always fancied a VW Golf, but would like to relive your youth on something which is slightly more in keeping with a senior – why not opt for the Audi A3? Not only is it one of the safest cars to drive, it also shares the same parts as a Volkswagen Golf meaning it comes with a choice of several strong, efficient engines. When it comes to performance and comfort, the A3 strikes the perfect balance between the two offering a beautifully built cabin and great SE suspension. Described by What Car? as “one of the best premium hatchbacks you can buy”, you can’t really go wrong.

Ford Kuga: Priced from £10,780 used

Perhaps you like to cart about the grandkids at weekends, or maybe you’ve always fancied an SUV? Either way, the Ford Kuga is an excellent choice of crossover car. Not only is its wide range of comprehensive safety systems a huge advantage, the Kuga also scored the full five stars for every category in its latest Euro NCAP crash tests. Furthermore, a full array of airbags as well as electronic stability control come as standard across the range. One of the best things about the Kuga is it’s good value as well as its strong range of engines.

Posted by Leana Kell on 22/04/2014