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Buying a new car - cheap to run, can get to the dog in the boot - but still good fun!

I'm looking for a (nearly) new car, preferably five-door, that can fit a dog in the boot, with quick acceleration and some 'pizazz!' (I can't get excited by the undoubtedly brilliant VW Golf or Ford Focus)

I've got £15K plus whatever I get for my (slightly damaged rear winged) 07-plate Yaris.

Of the following three, which would you go for?
Audi A3 2.0 TDI 170PS
BMW 120d SE
Alfa Romeo Guiletta 2.0 JTDM

Asked on 12 January 2011 by Roodeberg

Answered by Honest John
BMW 120dSE, even though there is a new front-wheel drive 1-Series on the way. It's the only car on your list with a chain cam engine.
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