What do you think makes a good retirement car?

Choosing which car to buy when you reach retirement age can be a tricky decision - but hopefully Autoblog can help with five not-so-obvious choices.

When you finally give up work it's often nice to treat yourself to a new set of wheels that will serve you well in the relaxing years to come.

But unlike young family car buyers, or businessmen looking for a new car for the daily commute, retired buyers have different criteria. Often the badge isn't important - more crucial is reliability, price, equipment levels and lengthy warranties. But instead of the staple Honda Jazz and Nissan Note options we decided to take a look at some left-field picks.

Skoda Yeti

When Jeremy Clarkson subjected the Yeti to a pounding on Top Gear a few weeks ago it only confirmed what many buyers already know – the Yeti is a great car. Lauded by motoring journalists and loved by dealers, it offers 4x4 capability so you'll never be stuck at home in the snow, decent equipment and a great ride. It has MPV practicality too, excellent ergonomics and can adapt to whatever situation you need it for. Servicing costs are reasonable, but the main problem is supply – waiting lists are around six months!
Our pick: 2.0TDI 4x4 Elegance, £21,825

Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion

The last place you want to be enjoying your retirement is in a dealership's waiting area while your car is being repaired. Thankfully with stereotypical German build quality the Golf hits the spot. The Bluemotion will return an amazing 74.3mpg so you won't waste any time visiting petrol stations either and it qualifies for free road tax too! Top that off with smart looks, five-door practicality and class-leading residual values and you won't go far wrong enjoying your retirement in this VW.
Our pick: 1.6-litre TDI Bluemotion, £19,250

Citroen Nemo Multispace

Spacious, adaptable and with looks that stand out from the crowd, the Nemo Multispace is certainly worth considering. It's based on a van, which means inside there's plenty of space and it is superb value for money. It's incredibly easy to drive with a cracking seating position and it feels very much utilitarian inside. Fold the rear seats down and you get a whopping 2,500-litres of load space and opt for the 1.3-litre HDI, with stop-start technology, and you'll return 65.7mpg too.
Our pick: 1.3-litre HDI, £12,345

Kia Soul

With a standard seven-year pan-range warranty, you'd be well advised to look at any of Kia's cars. However, we think the Soul is perfect for enjoying your retirement in. A high driving position and excellent petrol and diesel engines make it a joy to drive and those funky looks will keep you feeling young. Specification is pretty generous on all models, but we'd opt for a '2' which comes with a broad selection of extras and a petrol powerplant that'll return 43.5mpg. Just don't ask us to explain the TV ad...
Our pick: 1.6-litre petrol 2, £12,120

Vauxhall Meriva

If it's a long warranty that catches your eye then Vauxhall's 'Lifetime' cover is pretty impressive. It's for the first 100,000 miles, or life, so if you're planning on racking up the miles beware – but either way it's a pretty good deal. The Meriva is a practical car that has lots of room for the grandkids. They'll have easy access to the back too, thanks to clever rear-hinged back doors. It's not the most exciting of cars, but the conservative looks, frugal engines and sensible ownership costs might be up your street.
Our pick: 1.3-litre CDTI ecoFlex £19,145

What do you think makes a good retirement car? Do you think you've found it and we've missed it? We'd love to hear your opinions. Post your comments below and share them with us and other users.
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