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Recommendations for a small car for town driving

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Hi folks,

I am after some advice /recommendation for a small car for my wife to use for work which involves a lot of short trips in traffic/town, so after a reliable car with low mileage.

From a budget perspective, my absolute maximum is £6000 and I have looked at used cars in this price range and Kia Rios seem good value for money as I can get 2010 reg cars for less than £6000 and the 7 year warranty seems good. A Kio rio seems okay space wise (for car seats) for picking up and dropping my kids (infant and toddler at nursery etc).

Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris,Ford Fiesta and VW Polo are more expensive for a 2010 reg and Hyundai I20 is slightly more expensive than the Kia Rio.

Are there any other cars you can recommend for my price range and requirements? Any reasons to not go for a Kia rio?

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Aygo / C1 / 107 all well and good til you buy more than two bags of shopping on the way home

I'm a big fan of the new panda, but haven't owned one so cannot vouch for maintainance etc

The new VAG mini - Up / Citigo / Mii looks very nice IMHO

If you need something bigger then a 1.4 Kia Wenga with the big warranty is attractive

Frankly, there are loads to choose from, it's a well developed segment with plenty of nice options

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Should add that the Aygo / C1 / 107 is not as reliable as you'd hope given it's toyota underpinnings, plus servicing parts are not as cheap as you'd think for a small car

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Soz, being a div - you'll not get a Venga within budget :doh: Look at the Rio

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This new update feature is very canny

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Have a look at the Mitsubishi Colt, strong car and good to drive, plenty of space, boot not that big though.

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Hi folks,

I am after some advice /recommendation for a small car for my wife to use for work which involves a lot of short trips in traffic/town, so after a reliable car with low mileage.

From a budget perspective, my absolute maximum is £6000 and I have looked at used cars in this price range and Kia Rios seem good value for money as I can get 2010 reg cars for less than £6000 and the 7 year warranty seems good. A Kio rio seems okay space wise (for car seats) for picking up and dropping my kids (infant and toddler at nursery etc).

Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris,Ford Fiesta and VW Polo are more expensive for a 2010 reg and Hyundai I20 is slightly more expensive than the Kia Rio.

Are there any other cars you can recommend for my price range and requirements? Any reasons to not go for a Kia rio?

I think you've picked the best car.

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In-town driving and dropping the kids off? Sounds like you need a Discovery...

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We've had a little 107 for about 18 months now - bought it for the exact same thing as you, 2 young kids (one aged 7, the other 18 months) and it fits the bill perfectly. The boot is small - yes - but if you want a bigger boot buy a bigger car. A McLaren-type buggy will fit in the boot no problem though. I'm 6'3" and am perfectly comfy driving it, plenty of room. Handles well too in a 'skinny tyres make it fun' sort of fashion. In the winter snow it was hilarious. :D

When we were looking at getting this car I spent a lot of time test-driving, checking out deals etc and don't regret getting the 107. £20/year road tax too.

If I was doing it again though I'd go with the Hyundai i10 - this was easily the best to drive of all these tiddlers, great fun. In fact Hyundai are producing some bloody good cars now. :)

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