What's the best used, small, automatic car?

I'm looking to buy a used, automatic, small car for my 22-year-old son. It will be his first car and our budget is £3000 - £4000. Ideally it will be a low insurance group, but I mostly want you to recommend the best alternatives in terms of smooth automatic transmissions.

Asked on 14 September 2018 by Chris Price

Answered by Andrew Brady
As you've probably discovered, finding a good automatic gearbox in a small car for that budget is tricky. A Nissan Note would be a sensible choice and there's a number around to choose from, although might not be considered cool enough for a 22-year-old depending on whether he's bothered about such things. A Ford Fiesta would also be good and might be considered a little trendier. Hunt out a 2009 model for your budget.
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