What hatchback should I buy for 15,000+ miles a year?

I need help to decide what car to buy. I'm looking a premium hatchback to buy for business and personal use, circa 16k miles per year. Looking at a second hand car no more than 5 years old for £13-20k. Can't decide between Mercedes A-Class, VW Golf, BMW 1 Series or Lexus CT. Thinking a diesel, as I'll be doing a 200 mile trip every week.

Something that is efficient on fuel and has decent kit/ interior. Any help if appreciated.

Asked on 14 September 2023 by neil

Answered by Andrew Brady
A diesel still makes sense for regular motorway journeys (especially if you cover more than 12,000 miles a year). We'd recommend a Volkswagen Golf - a late example of the seventh-generation model (replaced in 2020) would be an excellent used buy.
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