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Whats the best small car on a £1500 budget?

I currently drive a Land Rover Freelander. I love it, but my conscience says I need a less polluting small car for my 23-mile round commute on country roads. My needs are, low mpg, not a sports car, sub £1500 and reliable. Any ideas please?

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There's an environmental argument that it makes more sense to keep an older, diesel car on the road than replace it with something less polluting. If you do want to replace it, I wouldn't limit your search to specific models. See what's being sold privately locally, with a long MoT and evidence of regular servicing. A Ford Fiesta or Toyota Yaris could be a sensible option, or a Honda Civic if you'd prefer something a bit bigger.
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