Could you recommend something safe, reliable and economical for a long commute?

My son has changed his job and has a new appointment some 60 miles from his home. This could involve him in mainly motorway travel for some months until he gets himself sorted out.
He currently has a very nice 1989 Mercedes 190 2.6. This would clearly not be suitable for a 120-mile daily commute, even only for a few months. He has been looking at secondhand MINIs, priced up to £9500. He needs something safe, reliable and economical. Any suggestions?

Asked on 20 April 2021 by David Parnaby

Answered by Andrew Brady
I'd be looking for something a bit comfier than a MINI. A soft, diesel car (maybe with an automatic gearbox) would be a good option for that kind of mileage. How about a Vauxhall Insignia? It's not a stylish choice, but it's very comfortable, cheap to run and represents excellent value for money (they're popular with fleet drivers for a reason!). A Volkswagen Golf would be a slightly more fashionable option, or a more spacious Skoda Octavia/Superb.
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