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Old 15-02-2009, 12:39 PM
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Default Best value/quality 5 door small car

Hi all,

I am looking for a fairly new small ish 5 door car. Budget is 6k max. I have an 18mth old child and it will mostly be for the 2 of us to use on short journeys. No car to part exchange so will be paying in full, any bargains to be had?. Currently driving my hubbies new bmw 3 series so a bit of luxury would be nice also!

Any advice greatly appreicated.

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Old 16-02-2009, 12:13 PM
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was thinking corsa or yaris, any advice? many thanks
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Old 16-02-2009, 12:49 PM
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There are many good small cars out there. I like the Fiat Panda but many won't touch Fiat (where are are you Jeannie?).

Personally I would look for the best deal around rather than a specific car.

Many think the Yaris is a good car, another worth looking at might be the Honda Jazz.
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Old 16-02-2009, 3:47 PM
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Corsa's loose a ton of money in depreciation in the first few months and loose very little after that, well worth a look, good car and good value bought 6-12 months old IMO.
I'm a bit anti Fiat in general, but the Panda is proving to be only just behind the Japanese for reliability, lots of fun and really good value. My sister in law has one, brother loves it too (he has an Audi A4 company car).

Short journeys = petrol engine, don't get a diesel.
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Old 16-02-2009, 4:19 PM
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Latest generation clio, brilliant safety and reliability is as good as any.
The 1.2tce is better than a lot of 1.4's out there but cheaper tax and better fuel economy.

£6k should get u a nice one with a few toys. Anything Dynamique and above is nice!
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Old 16-02-2009, 4:38 PM
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Suzuki Swift, not exactly a luxury car but looks good, is cheap and nice to drive.
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thanks all, much appreciated.
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Suzuki Swift, not exactly a luxury car but looks good, is cheap and nice to drive.

Not having driven one hard to say but I believe the Swift is supposed to be great fun to drive.
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A Mazda 2 would be a good choice for you.
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Old 17-02-2009, 8:29 AM
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Mmmmmm the new mazda 2 looks lush, but not sure I could get a decent new shape in my budget. Have I got more chance striking a deal with no car to part exchange? thanks
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Old 17-02-2009, 8:30 AM
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I've got a Peugeot 107, which is five door. I'm not sure how much they are brand new, but I got mine which was 9-months old for £5600, it's a lovely little car to drive and very economical.
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I've got a Peugeot 107, which is five door. I'm not sure how much they are brand new, but I got mine which was 9-months old for £5600, it's a lovely little car to drive and very economical.
Do they feel very small inside? On Autotrader they are about £6300 + for a newish one, did you have to haggle much? thanks

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Hi
I drive a Honda Jazz and love it, sturdy body, 1.4L engine so has a bit of kick, if can get fully loaded model.
Previous to this I drove a fiat Punto and loved this car. good seating postion loads of head & leg room, only negative flimsy body (high winds)
Out of the 2 cars the Honda is my number 1 (sorry Fiat).
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Do they feel very small inside? On Autotrader they are about £6300 + for a newish one, did you have to haggle much? thanks
Erm...well, I don't think it feels small inside. My last car was a Citroen Saxo, which is also a small car but was bigger than the 107, but I don't feel the 107 felt any smaller inside.

It was advertised at £200 more than I paid for it and I asked if he'd knock anything off and that was what he offered, to be honest I think I have got a bargain. He had a queue of people waiting to take it for a test drive and luckily I was at the front of the queue. The Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo are the exact same car, I think the Citroen is the cheapest out of the three of them.
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Wife has a Kia Picanto - excellent small car with 5drs, low road tax, insurance and relatively cheap for a nearly new on.Good warranty too.
Just make sure it has central locking as standard (not all of them do)

A quick look on autotrader says a 58 plate will cost less than £6k, with all the extras included, and less tha 2000 miles on the clock.
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Old 17-02-2009, 12:05 PM
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Any others that are more corsa size? anyone any advice on making offers etc, i'm never any good at striking a deal!
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Check Glasses guide for car values and what you should be offering and then politely and confidently ask for the car at the price you want to pay. It either works or they say no and you move on, no drama.

Mazda 2 is world car of the year 2008, holding it's value too well in year 1 so still has lots of depreciation to happen after you've bought it used. If you were going to buy new this would be a superb choice. Still is if you like it enough to pay extra for it.
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Frowner, my wife has C1, 5 doors with bags of room inside although pitiful boot. Great car to drive , even I like driving it( but only at night..lol)

Seriously, it is a very good, reliable, cheap to run car. 60 mpg, £35 Road Fund etc. And as stated in a previous post, although basically the same car as a 107 and Toyota Aygo is the least expensive, and looks better too.

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Not having driven one hard to say but I believe the Swift is supposed to be great fun to drive.
Excellent fun to drive. A really good little car.
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Ther were some stonking deals on Punto last couple weeks & still are some good offers, too.

Remember, Punto & Corsa are pretty much the same car - just different badges.

Panda is VERRRRY good value for £$£$ & a practical, well built car (NOT made in Italy, though)

The Swift is great package - funky & get the bigger engine, you'll be more than happy with performance & spec. But you won't get new at your £$£$

Check http://www.honestjohn.co.uk in his Car By Car Breakdown pages for comments about ALL makes.

Also his This Weeks Deals section, for GENUINE up to date offers, too!!

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