wheelchair-friendliness

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merlin777
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wheelchair-friendliness

Post by merlin777 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:15 am

I'm looking for my first car since being confined to a wheelchair.

I'm looking at the C4 Cactus because it might tick the right boxes for me for getting in and out and I wondered if you could tell me if it qualifies in the following areas?

Neither too high (like an SUV or MPV) nor too low like a Mini.
Fairly upright seating angle (i.e. feet close to seat rather than legs fully outstretched)
Fairly wide drivers door opening both in terms of angle and aperture
electrically adjustable drivers seat
and...
Amazingly comfortable seats! Which is what drove me here in the first place when i read about the advanced comfort seats. Comfortable for me means lots of soft padding and nice and wide.

Having a narrow sill (i.e. edge of seat as close to outside edge of sill as possible) is a big advantage too.

Decades ago I had a GS and a BX and I'm quite excited to be looking at citroen again.....

Thanks!

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Re: wheelchair-friendliness

Post by gsa1300 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:01 pm

Have you seen this?
https://www.ridc.org.uk/5182
2018 Cactus Shine (Flair in the UK) Emerald Blue with white color pack

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Re: wheelchair-friendliness

Post by chrisecurtis » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:27 pm

My wife walks with crutches and has various issues with her knees and legs, enough to determine which cars we can own. We've just bought a Cactus.
She says the door opening is fairly wide and she likes that the sill is narrower than most models we have tried. She says the front seats are excellent.
They don't have electrical adjustments (mine's a flair) but are pretty adjustable, as is steering wheel.
Biggest issue for a wheelchair might be high the sill in the boot and little room in back seats. I'm not sure how easy it would be to stow one.
Obvious advice would be to go to a dealer and try one. I was very impressed with our local dealer (Willmoth's, Southampton) who had a member of staff who genuinely knew about mobility issues and was very helpful (e.g. organised a lot of time for us to play on our own with several cars in the showroom to see how adjustments, access etc. worked and helped us end up with the Cactus).

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