Downsizing the family car - what should I buy?

I am downsizing my 2007 Ford S-Max and am thinking of replacing it with a Focus or Hyundai i30. My budget is around £9500, which car would be best for comfort and reliability? Or is it worth stretching the budget to a Focus EcoBoost?

Asked on 9 October 2013 by helenoc

Answered by Honest John
The i30 is probably the most reliable and is the only one of these with a standard five year warranty. For comfort, get it on 15-inch wheels with 195/65 tyres or at worst with 16-inch wheels and 205/55 tyres, not on 17-inch wheels. Ford now does a free tax EcoBoost, and though one reader has managed 45-50mpg, most get lower mpg.
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