Best cars for retired people

Looking for something fancy for your retirement - whether that's an SUV, sports car or upmarket saloon? You’ve come to the right place

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Sep 28, 2021

Retirement. The children have flown the nest, your pension has matured, and you have more time on your hands than ever before. You can look forward to drives in the countryside, trips to the South of France and taking the long way home more often than not.

All you need is the right car for the job, but depending on the type of trips that grab your attention, you could be looking at any number of options. To help you keep this search as refined as possible, we've rounded up a list of cars that cater for drivers after maximum comfort, stylish high-riding SUVs for those aiming to impress the neighbours and low-slung sports cars who are drawn to exciting Sunday morning drives.

Maybe you’re considering the purchase of a new car. Something upmarket with the latest technology. A car that will turn as many heads in St Ives as it does in Saint-Tropez. Your opportunity to make up for all those years behind the wheel of something practical and economical. Or you might want a second-hand bargain so you can put your pension towards something else - be that a home extension or a grand cruise.

We’ve selected eight cars that are perfect for different types of retired people. Whether you’re after a suave saloon, a sophisticated SUV, a classy coupe or a cool convertible, the BuyaCar website offers cars to suit all retirement funds. Click on the button above to search for your next car or click below to get a finance quote if you'd rather not put your cash towards a car.

Best cars for retired people

1. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Used deals from £15,790
Monthly finance from £0*

Many people dream of buying something fast and Italian to celebrate their retirement. But you don’t need to splash the cash on a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati. Not only does the Alfa Romeo Giulia look great, it’s also as good to drive as any other four-door saloon car we could mention.

The high-performance Quadrifoglio sits at the top of the Giulia range. Power is sourced from a Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged engine, totalling a staggering 510hp - that's barely any less than the £129,000 Porsche 911 Turbo. It’s enough to propel the Giulia to a top speed of 190mph, and from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. It is, quite frankly, a modern classic.

But you don’t need to buy the Quadrifoglio to enjoy the Giulia experience. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth and relaxed performance, while the lightweight body and rear-wheel drive format make it a joy to drive. Best of all, you can get a used Alfa Romeo Giulia for the price of a new Ford Fiesta.


2. Lexus UX

Used deals from £26,979
Monthly finance from £0*

A compact SUV makes a lot of sense for many retired people. You get the same high driving position as a large SUV - but one that is easier to fit into tight parking spaces - a good level of practicality, plus running costs that are barely any more expensive than with a typical family hatchback. The question is, which compact SUV should you choose?

We’d recommend the Lexus UX. You can make up your own mind about the styling - we think it looks great - but the UX boasts one of the best cabins in its class. The quality is first-rate, while the design is bold. It’s also a clever mix of old and new, including a CD player in the centre console for those who don't want to faff around streaming music from their phone. Time to dust off those compact discs in the spare room.

The UX 250h - that's 'h' for hybrid - is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to return up to 53.2mpg, while the standard-fit automatic gearbox delivers smooth and relaxed changes. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, heated seats and adaptive cruise control. There's also an electric version of the UX - the UX 300e - capable of almost 200 miles off a full charge.

3. Jaguar XF

Used deals from £9,900
Monthly finance from £0*

Luxurious yet sporty. Comfortable but precise to drive. Sleek yet practical. The Jaguar XF is like wearing a running shoe on one foot and a brogue on the other. It’s a car that’s as at home at the garden centre as it is at a garden party.

The cabin is a class act, with Jaguar combining luxurious materials with the latest high-tech equipment to create an interior that’s rich in quality. Even the entry-level Prestige model features perforated leather seats with eight-way electric adjustment, a 10-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav, ambient lighting and suede headlining. You even get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity for seamless integration of your smartphone - should you rather connect your phone than play CDs, as you could with the Lexus UX above.

If retirement means you won’t be covering as many miles as before, we’d recommend the storming 3.0-litre petrol engine. It produces a substantial 300hp, so you’ll be in the south of France before supper. Alternatively, the 240hp 2.0-litre petrol engine offers a similar level of performance with fewer visits to the petrol station, so it's a sensible choice if that's what you're after.


4. Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Used deals from £18,950
Monthly finance from £456*

If retirement means you no longer need the convenience of spacious back seats and rear doors, the Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a stylish alternative to the saloon and estate versions. The curvaceous exterior looks are paired with an upmarket interior that’s a joy to sit in.

AMG Line Edition is a popular trim level, combining the sporty look of the full-fat high-performance AMG version with a long list of standard equipment. Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera, digital radio, sporty body styling, front sports seats and sat-nav.

There’s plenty of room in the front, with the seats separated by a large centre console for a sporty feel. Predictably, space in the back is a little tighter, while the luggage capacity is down on cars like the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 - we recommend checking out other coupes with big boots if this is important Still, we think the range of options and the allure of its strong feel-good factor make the C-Class Coupe the ideal car for retirement.


5. Range Rover Evoque

Used deals from £12,441
Monthly finance from £341*

The Evoque provides proof that you don’t need to ‘go large’ to enjoy the authentic Range Rover experience. It offers the sharp styling of the more expensive Velar and the off-road capabilities of the larger Range Rover, in a compact and more manoeuvrable body.

There are loads of neat details to take in, like the flush door handles that pop out when you need them and the plush materials used in the cabin. Leather, wool and even eucalyptus fibres are used to great effect, depending on the trim, while the seats are available with manual eight-way adjustment to electric 16-way movement. Either way, getting comfortable in an Evoque shouldn’t be a problem, while getting in should be easier than dropping into a low-slung sports car.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights, a heated windscreen, heated front seats, a 10-inch media system, a reversing camera, plus front and rear parking sensors. Engines range from an economical 150hp 2.0-litre diesel to a 300hp petrol engine with enough punch to keep up with many hot hatchbacks. If you're able to charge regularly, the plug-in hybrid variant promises as much as 140mpg.


6. Volvo V60

Used deals from £14,175
Monthly finance from £496*

If your retirement involves an active lifestyle - or a couple of dogs that you enjoy taking out for regular walks - you’re might fancy an estate car. And nobody does an estate car quite like Volvo. Which is why we’re recommending the Volvo V60 as the perfect load-lugger for retired people.

If the svelte Swedish styling isn’t enough, the V60 also boasts a sophisticated cabin that’s loaded with neat details and prioritises comfort over sportiness, unlike many rival BMW, Audi or Mercedes models.

It looks superb, with a centre console that’s dominated by a portrait 9.7-inch touchscreen media system. Standard features include an electric tailgate, a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, voice recognition and cruise control, so you can slip gently into retirement.

Although the entry-level Momentum trim features all the kit you could possibly need, R-Design ups the ante in terms of sporting appeal, while Inscription takes the luxury feel up a level. You can even opt for a plug-in hybrid model for the prospect of running on electricity alone for short trips - provided you charge the car regularly - or a rugged Cross Country variant if your lifestyle takes you off the beaten track, or simply because you find getting in and out of the higher-riding Cross Country simpler than with the standard car.


7. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

Used deals Limited stock

We’re going to take a leap of faith by recommending the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet. Although it’s not the most obvious choice of retirement vehicle, there are many reasons why the sun-loving T-Roc could be just the ticket for the autumn of your life.

It’s based on the popular Volkswagen T-Roc compact SUV, and although it’s not quite as practical as its hard-top sibling, it offers the scope for some wind-in-your-receding-hairline motoring. On the flip side, the boot is small and of an awkward shape, while there are just two seats in the back. So if you want the most practical T-Roc, you'll want the non-convertible version.

There are two trim levels: Design and R-Line. Although the sporty R-Line model looks the part - thanks to its 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and R-Line styling pack - we’d recommend the cheaper Design trim. It’s more comfortable thanks to smaller wheels, while the more affordable price means you can pick and choose from the list of options and accessories if you're going for a brand new model.

The electric roof opens in just nine seconds, closing again in 11 seconds, so you won’t be caught out by a sudden downpour. That's pretty speedy as far as folding roofs go.


8. Mazda MX-5

Used deals from £11,350
Monthly finance from £0*

The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s most popular sports car. Launched in 2015, the fourth-generation MX5 is the best of the breed, featuring head-turning good looks, fun-to-drive handling - thanks to its small size and light weight - and peppy performance. It’s also highly affordable, with BuyaCar used prices starting at less than the cost of a new city car.

This means you can get an MX-5 to sit alongside a more practical daily car, leaving the Mazda for sunny days and weekends. It will also be useful when you need to pop out for some milk. Own a Mazda MX-5 and your fridge will always be stocked with fresh milk, as it's such fun to drive that you'll find any excuse to head out.

Just like milk, the MX-5 comes in various flavours. The MX-5 roadster delivers the authentic sports car experience in its purest form, while the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) features a coupe-style folding electric hard top. Either way, a Mazda MX-5 is one way to a happy retirement.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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