Could you recommend a safe, reliable car for £2000?

My son is starting his first job and needs something to use to commute 35 miles each way via the M25. His budget is £2000. I expect him to drive about 15k miles per year as we expect him to work from home part of the time. He needs something safe for motorway driving that'll be as reliable as possible for the price. What would you recommend? Thanks.

Asked on 12 April 2021 by Richard Barron

Answered by Andrew Brady
Try to find something made by Volkswagen Group (e.g. Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT, Audi) with the reliable old 1.9 TDI engine. A Volkswagen Golf could be a good choice. Find a good one and it'll be cheap to run while it's big enough to feel safe and comfortable on the motorway. Alternatively, stick to petrol power and look for a Ford Fiesta or Focus. They're 10 a penny and cheap to run.
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