We'd like to replace our underpowered Fiesta with a 1.4-litre Punto - do you have any advice?

Having had two 5-door 1242cc Fiat Puntos and loved them, we then PX’d for a Ford Fiesta 1242cc Style almost three years ago. We have been disappointed with the Ford’s performance. We loved the easy driving feel, power and comfort of the Puntos, especially the lovely light steering. We are now thinking about replacing the 2008 Fiesta for another newer secondhand car (although we are both in our 60s and haven’t got much money). My daughter now has the last Punto we had and I drove it today and realised again how much better it felt to drive than the Ford.

We are thinking about replacing it now with a Punto 5-door 1.4-litre or something as good to drive in our older age. I realise that we will only get perhaps £3000 or less in part-exchange and may be able to add between £6000 to £8000 to that. We would also prefer something not too expensive on insurance, consumption and tax. Are we asking for too much? Do you have any advice for me please?

Asked on 24 August 2013 by GE, via email

Answered by Honest John
This reads as if you picked the 60PS version of the Fiesta 1.25 rather than the 82PS. If that's the case, I'm not surprised. Expect £3000 - £3500 for the Fiesta Style. I’d seriously consider a Dacia Sandero 90TCe at £7395 new.
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