Older and better

Back in 2002, the partner and I (both still working then), took your recommendation and bought a nearly new (7 miles on the clock) 52 plate Mk.I Toyota Yaris. We were very pleased with the car so, in 2008, bought an 08 plate Mk.II to replace our second car.

That hasn't been so pleasing so, now, we're thinking of keeping the Mk.I and trading in the Mk.II instead of the other way round.

The problem is, we don't know what to go for now. We like the higher seating position, the 5 doors (the hatchback is ideal for our - now retired - lifestyle) and the 45 mpg or more economy is also very pleasing.

What would you recommend? We probably only do about 7000 miles a year so it's petrol not diesel. We have a budget of about £10,000 plus the trade-in value of the Mk.II Yaris.

Asked on 26 April 2011 by Heinz

Answered by Honest John
Alternatives to a new Yaris are the next Yaris that was supposed to arrive this year but may have been delayed by the earthquake, the new Verso S, the Nissan Note, The Hyundai ix20, the KIA Venga and the Honda Jazz.

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