What's the best large petrol second-hand car for £12,000?

I'm looking at buying a second-hand car after years of buying new and getting fed up of the depreciation. My budget will be £12000. My only requirement is an automatic and I think petrol would be my preferred choice due to a reasonably short commute (around 5 miles). I would like something that is reliable with reasonable performance v economy. I wold also like something with a reasonable level of features (e.g. cruise control, heated seats etc). All wheel drive is desirable but not essential. What would you recommend?

Asked on 11 February 2019 by josephspink

Answered by Andrew Brady
I think you're right to be looking at a petrol car for your commute. My choice would be a Skoda Superb - but the biggest challenge you'll have is finding a petrol one as most are diesel. A Mazda 6 could be another good option. It's got a very pleasant interior and the petrols are very reliable.
Similar questions
I need a new car: large with big boot and good fuel economy for a long commute. Should I get a diesel, petrol, hybrid etc? I would go diesel but I hear people say they are phasing this out. I need a high...
Replacing current car - my car is a 2004 Volvo V70T5, with 273,000 miles on the clock. While the engine is strong, the autobox is starting to wear. I have owned it four years and done 120,000 miles without...
We have a 2002 V70 2.4 petrol auto estate and are looking to replace it with something of similar size. The car averages 8000 miles per year and being wary of what HJ has said about diesel engines, we...
Related models
Nimble and agile handling. Spacious cabin is very well made. Huge improvements to refinement and steering from October 2016
Large hatchback that offers excellent value for money. Limousine-like legroom and bootspace. Efficient range of engines. Improved even more with 2019 facelift.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car