Whats the best used buy as a family car to replace our Focus?

I had a Focus and am now seeking a used petrol vehicle, preferably £8k to £12k but could go more if need be. I do 8000 miles a year that includes the daily city commute and monthly 200 mile motorway trips. We are a family of three with a young child but carry quite a lot of luggage.

I looked after the Focus and it has been grand. I could go for another Focus, but ideally I would favour something with a little more room prestige and comfort. But primarily it needs to be safe and reliable. What might be best? Could even be an estate, SUV, bigger car.

Asked on 25 February 2020 by London

Answered by Andrew Brady
If you liked your Focus, I'd recommend a Kuga. It's very practical and represents very good value for money. Your budget will get a Zetec or Titanium model from around 2015 with the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Also consider a Kia Sportage. It's not quite as practical as the Kuga, but you'll get a slightly newer one for the money, and it'll have the remainder of its seven-year manufacturer warranty. If you'd like to look at an estate too, I'd recommend a Skoda Octavia.
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