Which cheap car will be best for my 80-mile commute?

I need a car for my daily commute of 80 miles. The journey is packed with traffic and usually involves a lengthy motorway crawl. I'm thinking I need an auto that's comfortable, economical and reliable for around £7000. Was thinking an early BMW 120d, but worry about an old diesel's reliability. What do you think?

Asked on 21 November 2018 by Emlyn Jones

Answered by Andrew Brady
I think you're right to be cautious of diesels, but they might still be a good choice for an 80-mile motorway commute. It depends how regularly you drive for a prolonged period (more than 30 minutes) at speeds of more than 40mph. If you do this on your commute, a car's diesel particulate filter (DPF) should successfully be able to burn soot off the filter. I'd avoid an early BMW 1 Series, though - they don't ride particularly well and timing chain failures are common. A Skoda Superb would be a good, comfortable choice and there's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines available.
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