What do you recommend to replace our Renault Clio?

We are looking for a new car, preferably a forecourt model or demonstrator with less than 5000 miles on the clock so we can avoid instant depreciation. We currently drive a 2003 Clio Billabong and have another car "for fun". The Clio offers everything we need - diesel, great fuel economy, good acceleration and a comfortable ride. It's also the right size for narrow lanes and our garage. Until recently it's been reliable, but with 100,000 miles on the clock it's time for a replacement.

Like most drivers we value low maintenance costs, reliability and good fuel consumption. We need four seats, but only occasionally have passengers so they don't need to be made too comfortable. We've looked at the new Clio, but it seems much larger than our model; the BMW 1 series, but we have concerns about service and maintenance costs; the Ford Fiesta Zetec; and the Audi A1, plus (it seems) every other car available within our price range of £10,000 to £17,500. Ideally, we'd like to keep the new car for at least 10 years. Help, please.

Asked on 10 August 2013 by AE, Truro

Answered by Honest John
I was very impressed with the bottom of the range new Volkswagen Golf VII 1.2TSI 85 S 3-door. It's the base model, but has everything you really need, including DAB radio and Bluetooth, and even a velour lined glove locker. It felt very solid, well put together and satisfying and did 51.5mpg on the meter. But your options are endless, starting with a Dacia Sandero for £5995.
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