Which hatchback for short journeys?

I drive 8000 to 9000 miles per year, mostly shortish distances. I have to replace my Honda Accord diesel. I would like a 4-door saloon or hatchback, petrol at about £10,000 without trade-in, not more than three years old. What are my best options please?

Asked on 23 March 2013 by GY, Crook, Co. Durham

Answered by Honest John
Honda Civic 1.8iES or SE or Toyota Avensis 1.8i Valvematic. The previous-to-current shape Civic 1.8i will do 45mpg on a run.
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