I'm changing cars and also getting a new car for the missus.
We need to change her car as the one she has at present is falling apart. We need something that's reliable, cheap to run, doesn't drink too much fuel, is nippy enough and can safely get her from home to work on her 16 mile round trip on urban A roads. At the minute, we're leaning towards a 3 year old Yaris with a 1.3 petrol engine. We have some friends who say their previous Yaris' have been a dream to own - would welcome any other feedback or suggestions on other models to look at. Budget max £6k.
For me - my current 1.2 petrol corsa is nice enough but the main problem is the awful fuel consumption. A £40 fill up will get me about 260 miles, which is no good for my 45 mile round trip to work on a mixture of motorway and A roads (and I don't have a heavy right foot). The car is also slow beyond belief and - this is only a minor niggle but it irritates the hell out of me - but every time a headlight bulb needs changing I have to take it into the dealer to remove the bumper! Would love a car where I could do the simple things like this myself!
So I'm after something diesel, reliable, cheap to tax and insure, cheap servicing costs and ideally astra/focus sort of size maybe smaller and upto 3 yrs old. Budget is £9-10k. Haven't test driven anything yet, but I quite like the look of the Mazda 3 1.6 diesel. Any advice or reccomendations would be great.
Essay over, thanks!