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Old 6th April 2019, 13:12   #121
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The needs of an older passenger are as follows based on my experience -

A tall boy design or at least a semi-tall boy design to ease ingress and egress.
Soft suspension at the rear.
Leg space relative to the elderly passenger's height
Seat should be at a reasonable above average height level. Age makes sitting low uncomfortable and getting up from a low position even worse.

So depending on your mother's height and build I would suggest the new Santro, Honda Jazz, Grand i10. Amaze is also pretty good. I bought it for my mother & her sister both of whom are 5 feet 0 inches and average build and in their eighties - its suspension is softer than that of the Jazz (both in my garage). In terms of rear leg space the Jazz is very good for its category. I am not suggesting second hand SUVs as I don't know her height. A second hand well maintained Corolla will be great if within your budget - strong on leg space and rear seat suspension. Let us know what you select.
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I would advise against the celerio / wagonr for older passengers. They're both great city cars, but the seats are not supportive. My mom at 62 has a hard time in my celerio.
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Why bother with purchasing a car at all for 300-500 km of use per month? Why not go in for Uber or Ola if they are available? This will work out more economical than spending money on the car, driver, fuel etc. Alternative thinking.
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Why bother with purchasing a car at all for 300-500 km of use per month? Why not go in for Uber or Ola if they are available? This will work out more economical than spending money on the car, driver, fuel etc. Alternative thinking.
Thanks to all who have opined and provided your valuable input. Mum is 5 7' and so she's on the taller side.

So, from the posts above, the new WagonR is one recommendation. The Celerio and XCent are other two choices.

The reason I asked about the Corolla is that there's a used Altis available for a reasonable budget. Given that it seems well kept (not checked out yet) and also it's a Toyota, thought of that.

SajiNSalin - we don't have Uber / Ola in our town. We have fastrack and they are terrible (unclean, not punctual etc.).

I have started shortlisting some vehicles (no WagonR 1.2 yet)

https://www.carwale.com/used/cars-in...k=29&isP=false

https://www.carwale.com/used/cars-in...rk=5&isP=false

https://www.carwale.com/used/cars-in...rk=9&isP=false
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I would suggest IGNIS over Wagon R anytime. It feels more premium and its better built than WagonR.
From your post, i understand even Delta variant will work for you in case of IGNIS.

Since she is on taller side, under-thigh support in IGNIS or WagonR will be an issue.

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Not sure if you have already taken a decision, but here goes -

Contrary to the popular opinion, I will not suggest Wagon R as a car for anyone's loved ones to be driven in. True the ingress and egress is effortless for the elderly, but the comfort factor ends right there. The most important part for the driven folks - the ride in the rear - is seriously nauseating in this skitty bouncy Wagon. To top it, seats are flat, upright, and unsupportive. It is a decent enough car for solo self-drive commute to work, due to its tiny footprint, punchy engine, and easy maintenance, but the ride in the rear, is pathetic.

Ignis, as also suggested by Silverado, is a better option (if buying new). Easy ingress and egress, combined with mature comfortable ride. Or, preferably a used Corolla/Sunny/Ciaz. Apart from comfortable ride, NVH will be lower as well in the higher segment cars, leading to lesser fatigue. Another wild card entry is used Etios cross - Hideous yes, but tall enough to allow comfortable ingress/egress, and also rides well. Let us know what you decide(d).
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My grandmother uses an automatic Grand i10, and so do many elderly relatives of mine, all of them love it with its ease to drive and easy ingress and egress. Overall a lovely car, would highly recommend it as it is safer than the lot of maruti's on sale currently.
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