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Buying new small car or going with a used hybrid?

The site is incredible - I`m not from the uk but it is still the most comprehensive site especially for the real mpg data.

I`m looking to buy my first car, so I have 1000 questions but and managed to narrow it down to the essentials I hope.

My commute is 20 miles one way but split 50-50 between city and 50-60 mph road to my workplace. Car will also be used to get away from the city for hiking/ biking trips and monthly one or two 370 round trip to the parents. Yearly ~13000 miles

My budget is around £10,500. I`d like to have a low maintenance new or new looking car, and plan to keep it for 5 years or more.

Low fuel cost is more important than the equipment in the car, but I want something I can make not just the commute but the trips home too so my choices are:

2012 Toyota Yaris 1.33 VVTI 6speed manual (test car with 1000 miles)

2012 Ford Fiesta 1.4 diesel (new) 10500£ Was first choice but started to get worried about DPF just 10-12 minutes at higher speed daily

2012 Honda Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC 5 speed (0 mi salon car) like the seats for camping equipment/bike, bit more expensive but birthday is coming up... 10800 £

2010 Honda Insight ex navi (Honda dealer suggested 25000mi very good condition) 9500£ low maintenance cost still under warranty, but I`m concerned a bit about the longer trips and the fuel economy on highways at 80-90 mph (is it really worth then the Jazz or the Yaris?) also the road noise because the report are quite contradictory.

2008 Prius (50000mi) same as the Insight and in a bit older car. (not under warranty) 9500£

Sorry for the long list but please take it to my first dealing with a purchase this size.

Asked on 6 August 2012 by Jellyhal

Answered by Honest John
The Jazz. Makes them most sense. Very reliable. Holds its value quite well. Brilliant seat folding.
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