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Andy_Bangle
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Back to car hunting for my little sister who's just written off her second car  :rolleyes:   Insurance co have paid out and given her a hire car for 3 weeks whilst she makes her mind up.

 

I'm thinking of a 1.25 Fiesta Zetec and trying to steer her away from Corsa's, anything smaller will be to gutless as she commutes over the West Yorkshire moors on A & B roads.

 

Online there are a few 13 plate Zetec's with less than 5k on the clock for £8,500-9,000, although final budget will depend on how much she can borrow. Hopefully I've talked her out of going the Personal Lease route, IIRC these are a bad idea on smaller cars?

 

Looked on DTD, a new 1.25 Fiesta Zetec 3dr is £9,995.00  (thats with a 3k discount from list) whilst the 1.4 Corsa SXi is £10,500  (3.5k discount from new), then need to add ESP+ (£465) Bluetooth (£365) to get a similar spec to the Ford.

 

Any pointers/ideas, gratefully received as it means me flying over to buy the fecking thing :ffs:

 

 

 

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I don't know if an older one would fall within budget, but I can recommend the Audi A1.

 

I've been very impressed with our eldests.

 

We paid around £16k with 2,500 miles on the clock and a high spec on a 1.4 TFSI S-Line.

 

I don't know what financing options are on them but all I can say is that, as a car, it is a superb little package and quite fun to drive.  It is also very nippy.  The 122 hp is the same she had in the MINI Cooper and whilst it isn't as fun as the MINI (it doesn't have the MINI's stunning roller-skate fun and supreme handling) it is a very refined and very capable car.

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If it was me I'd probably buy a Yaris and try to forget I'm not 70.  I would definitely suggest looking at Kia/Hyundai options but only if latest models are in budget.

Been looking at the i20. It's okay in town but think it's handling is a bit soft for country lanes and you can tell it was built in India (it also came 111th in JD Power). Well spec'd though and the i20 Active 1.4 CRDi 90PS Blue Drive is quite impressive - but costs more than the ford!

Not looked at the Yaris, that's just having a facelift now - have look at the specs. I quite like the Polo however typical VW, side & curtain airbags are optional!

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Dacia Duster?

GTF, that's a pile of shite! Have at least one at work, I see it now and again when it's not in the workshop. Looking for a car that's safe (traction/ESP), cheap running costs and won't drop in value like a Dacia.

Edit 1: And something that can manage a decent 0-60 time, some of the Kia/Hyundai's are over 15secs!!

Edit 2: Like-for-like (less than 1 year old, with under 5k) the i20 1.2 Active is about 300 quid cheaper than a Fiesta 1.25 Zetec.

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Been looking at the i20. It's okay in town but think it's handling is a bit soft for country lanes and you can tell it was built in India (it also came 111th in JD Power). Well spec'd though and the i20 Active 1.4 CRDi 90PS Blue Drive is quite impressive - but costs more than the ford!

 

 

I thought the Hyundai's were supposed to be really good in the JD?

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