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Best small and reliable automatic car?

We need a new or nearly new reliable small car. It must have an automatic gearbox, 4/5 doors, petrol engine and be large enough for long 200-mile trips. We currently have a 2001 Toyota Yaris, which is past its best. What would you recommend?

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I'd recommend a Hyundai i20 or Kia Rio. They're mechanically very similar, come with long warranties and are available with reliable dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. Also consider a new Ford Fiesta with its very good six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

I'd be looking for an as-new pre-registered model. There are some excellent deals available at the moment:
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