Best sub-£2500 automatic?

I may need to replace my not-so-trusty automatic car but only have a budget of around £2500. I need an automatic gearbox (fully auto, not semi), decent 0-60 time (around 11 seconds), NCAP score of four stars or better and decent reliability too (especially in the gearbox area and other potentially BIG bills).

Asked on 31 December 2012 by Max How

Answered by Honest John
Old model Honda Civic 1.6 or Toyota Corolla 1.6 or Mazda 3 1.6.
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