Recommend a replacement for our Mazda 2 with a high driving position and easy access?

We have a 2003 Mazda 2 TS2, owned from new, with under 50,000 miles on the clock. We wish to change this for a similar car, petrol, not diesel. We require a high driving position, ease of access and ease of loading including easy folding of rear seats. We are OAPs and it shows. Fuel economy is important but would like decent acceleration, as most of our driving is done in France, often well loaded (the car, not us). Ideally the car would be a tad (1-inch) wider and 2/3 inches longer than our present car. Our budget is about £13,000 to include trade-in and we are looking for new or six months old maximum.

Asked on 10 February 2011 by RDR, Wareham

Answered by Honest John
Small: Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Spark, Suzuki Splash, Vauxhall Agila. A bit bigger: Hyundai ix20, KIA Venga, Nissan Note, Honda Jazz, Toyota Verso S.
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