Until now, practical parenting has been your mantra in making decisions about your cars, right? It’s time for that to change now you’re an empty nester!
The days of school drop offs, taxiing the kids to their activities and shopping for your young family are behind you, it’s time to think about want you want.
With this newfound freedom and choice it can be easy to get overwhelmed. We look at ways your empty nest car purchase can tick some of those extra boxes that make it luxurious and fun to drive (with a pinch of practicality thrown in).
After all, the best cars for empty nesters don’t have to be boring – they’re no mum wagon!
We hope these cool cars will give you the inspiration you need to enjoy driving again.
Effortless In-Car Connectivity and Style
So, now the kids have moved on it’s time to take your lifestyle up a notch. Which set of wheels will reflect your personality and needs now you’re hitting the road with no strings attached? What cool car features do you want as well as need?
Or for seamless connectivity you might prefer to test drive what could well be the ultimate in innovative green machines – the Tesla. Quick and intuitive, they’ve built a reputation for being the best electric cars on the market and they’re also guaranteed to turn a few heads.
The Tesla ModelS is built with the driver in mind, to provide comfort and quality sound within. Even their most affordable model features a humongous 17” touch screen that periodically receives software updates over-the-air from Tesla, adding new features to an already chock-a-block list.
The software is constantly evolving to support you in your daily functions, connecting seamlessly with your life. When you get into the car in the morning, your schedule and appointments appear on the screen. You’ll always be organised. Presenting at a conference? Meeting friends for a drink? Your car already knows where you’re going.
You can even control other smart devices (like garage doors and house lights) from within your car, making for a seamless arrival back to base.
And for those who are sensitive to allergens, this model boasts a medical grade HEPA air filtration system that removes ‘at least 99.97% of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from cabin air’.
Seriously. It’s a stylish and modern choice that will turn heads and help keep you healthy.
Lifestyle Plus Freedom Equals Fun
It’s time to enjoy travelling without the tag-alongs. Where there’s no room for anyone but you and your favourite person. Whisk them away to the beach for the weekend and take the scenic route – enjoying the sunshine (and the smiles) on your faces.
What better way to do that than with an iconic, two-seater convertible like the Mazda MX-5. We think this latest model is the sexiest to date. The sleek, muscular body and stylish headlights give this a strong and powerful vibe. The rear-wheel power really gives you the heart-thumping thrill, eating up the road as you drive. It’s an experience you’d expect from a $100K+ sports car, but at half the price. Nice work, Mazda.
It’s a joy to drive, and while it gets 5-star safety ratings it doesn’t win any points for practicality because there’s virtually no boot or storage space. But all you need is some room for a little luggage and hobby stuff, right?
The Mazda-5 is a great car for adventure seekers who want their driving experience to make them giddy with glee. Yup, we guarantee this slick vehicle will fulfil that promise.
Consider a Luxury Driving Experience
Now your kids are grown and have their own cars to destroy enjoy, you can afford to indulge in some luxury and enjoy your driving time without needing to please anyone else.
We’re talking fun, comfortable cars suitable for empty nesters that you’ll actually enjoy driving through the city to meet friends for dinner…
Sculpted seats, with warmers and soft leather – or vegan, plant-based fibres as in the BMW i3 electric car – will add a touch of style, class and comfort to make your adventures even more heart-warming. Believe us, there’s no turning back once your derriere has been heated in-transit on a chilly winter’s day.
Your cockles will be extra warmer with the latest BMW, knowing it’s manufactured with 100% energy from renewable sources. The i3 is a green machine. Its Rolls Royce Starlit interiors might be a bit over the top, but the little details can make the biggest difference when it comes to your driving experience.
Shorter than your partner? Forget having to adjust the settings each time you get back in the car. The new Subaru Forester is the perfect SUV for your empty nest.
It includes driver recognition technology that adjusts your seat preferences when you sit in the driver’s seat. It’ll also remember your previous climate control, dash and driver instrument screen settings, and restore them for you.
Even the most basic of models, the 2.5i, has extensive standard features. These include a 6.5” multimedia touchscreen, impressive 6-speaker sound system, leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and much more.
And the price tag of under $35k will mean more money for date nights, weekend trips and all the good stuff life has to offer.
Eyeing off an Audi but not the price tag? The Skoda Karoq is a medium SUV that combines the luxury of leather seats and interior trim with a 9.2” multimedia touch screen and stylish interior design – without a big dint in your wallet.
There’s more than adequate space to pack your girlfriends in and go on that luxury road trip you’ve always dreamed of. Plot your course to, say, the Barossa Valley, Hunter or Margaret River for some well-deserved food and wine touring, then connect to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to play your chosen songs for hours on end (car karaoke here you come!).
And aside from style, the Karoq wins practicality points for boot space with a massive 588L on offer – heaps of room for a big weekend of winery touring. It also has small touches like a windscreen ticket holder (handy!) and waste bin to make friends with the requisite sunglasses holder. These clever details are sure to make a big difference on your self-indulgent trip.
Get Down With An Eco Road Warrior
As more car manufacturers perfect their electric and hybrid technology, the driving range on a single charge for such cars is continuing to improve. There are plenty of highly appealing eco-cars for empty nesters available these days.
The sustainably-built BMW i3 will give you around 260 km per charge and a little less for the more powerful models. In comparison, the Tesla Model S hits around 600 km and the Jaguar I-Pace – Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV – reaches 470 km.
Having said that, BMW has taken eco to the next level, having been created from the ground up using sustainable practices at every stage. By this we mean allllll the way from development to production and materials, using 100% of their energy from renewable sources. We just hope the rest of the car industry catches on!
Another stylish, small car suitable for empty nesters that has zero emissions is the award-winning Nissan Leaf. This eco car charges super quickly, reaching 80% in between 30 and 60 minutes (yes!) or you can charge it slowly overnight.
Looking for a funky, cool car to drive? The Leaf has taken this literally, allowing you to pre-cool your car by turning on the aircon early, using your smartphone. Other features such as the auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 7-speaker Bose premium audio system will have you oh so tempted to take this one for a test drive.
The tech-filled Leaf has all the creature comforts you’ll need.
The Best Cars for Empty Nesters Aren’t Boring
With a fabulously wide range of new vehicles catering to all kinds of tastes, needs and desires, it’s easy to see how your next car can be much more than your mode of transport.
And now the kids are out of your hair there is nothing selfish about investing in any of these fresh, stylish, intuitive cars for empty nesters that will nurture the adventure seeker in you.
You’ve invested so much of your time and energy into being a parent… it’s time to buy a car that brings a smile to your face every time you turn on the ignition.
Go on, you deserve it!
Over to You
What’s your ultimate dream car now you’re an empty nester? Closer to reality, what’s important to you for your next car? Something fun and comfortable, with a dash of luxury? Eco-friendly is your key concern? Tell us what car you’re looking for next.