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Top 5 cars for retirement

By Anna Kantilaftas, 12 Sep 2016 Car Advice

elderly driver hands on steering wheel

Here are five of our favourite cars for those looking to turn in the nine-to-five gig and live a life of retirement luxury.

You’ve worked hard for your retirement. You’ve earned to throw in the towel on the daily commute and harsh-office lighting. You’re entering the next phase of your life – it’s time to spend your hard earned dollars on you. Naturally, you want a car that will reflect this – maybe a Ford Mustang was on your dream-car list, or a Porsche 911 Carrera. But is your dream-car really the most practical choice?

As you head into your retirement years you’ll need a car that ticks certain boxes on the shopping list. Reliable, safe, dynamic, a clear fixed-price servicing offer and a long warranty to name a few. Then there are these features to keep an eye on in retirement.

Thankfully, there are some cars on sale in Australia that are great to drive while still offering the practicality you need.


A great looking compact SUV. It’s quiet, comfortable and one of the more enjoyable SUVs to drive, especially if you go down the diesel route offer power and economy.

Kia Sportage

Warranty: Seven-year

Price: From $28,990


The five-seater Tucson is comfortable, packed with gear and enjoyable to drive. It offers a diesel option as well as a turbo petrol, and some variants offer all-wheel drive.

Hyundai Tucson

Warranty: Five-year

Price: From $27,990


You can’t get more Australian than a Holden Commodore. It’s roomy, offers sedan or wagon shape and offers plenty of V6 or V8-engine grunt. It’s still got the sporty option, without sitting too low to the ground and wreaking havoc with those hips.

holden Commodore

Warranty: Three-year

Price: From $35,490


If it’s style you want, then the Citroen C4 Picasso might be right up your alley. It’s nicely designed with lots of quirky French finishes and as an added bonus it’s fun to drive. Based on the Grand C4 Picasso, this is a wagon and SUV moulded into a hatch with an SUV-like hip point.

Citroen C4 Picasso

Warranty: Six-years

Price: $40,990


A popular car on the Australian market, the Mazda CX-5 is a medium SUV that drives nicely and is well equipped, for a decent price. Also offered in four-wheel drive, the CX-5 isn’t as large as some other medium SUVs but its size is its biggest appeal.

Mazda CX-5

Warranty: three-years

Price: from $27,190