What small hatchback should I buy?

Sadly it maybe time to part with my SEAT Leon Cupra which I bought new in 2003 as it requires approxiamately £1k of work though the engine and gearbox are perfect even after 150k miles. I would like a car that is interesting to drive and am considering an Ibiza FR but am unsure which engine Equally should I consider an alternative equivalent? It is a second car doing 5k miles per year and my budget is £7 to £9k. Your advice would be appreciated once again.

Asked on 7 July 2023 by Dave CR

Answered by Andrew Brady
You'll be looking at a previous-generation SEAT Ibiza for £9k. It's not a bad car, although it was starting to feel a bit dated by the end of its lifespan. We've had a few issues reported with the TSI petrol engines, too, particularly around timing chain failure: www.honestjohn.co.uk/seat/ibiza/2008/good

A Ford Fiesta could be a good alternative. They're good to drive and the 1.25-litre petrol engine is pretty robust. Also consider a Suzuki Swift - they're cheap and cheerful, but surprisingly fun to drive and generally very reliable. You might be able to find a Sport model within budget, too.
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