Should we buy another Honda Jazz or look at the Ford Fiesta 1.25?

My wife’s Chinese-built Honda Jazz 1.2 is now five and a half years old and is approaching 50,000 miles. She drives around 8000 miles a year, including a fortnightly motorway round trip of 180 miles. We have been pleased with the Jazz but feel we now need to consider a replacement, as reliability is a high priority (much of the travel involves grandchildren and ageing parents). We are considering another Jazz, but a 1.4 engine, or a Ford Fiesta 1.25 which we also like. What would you recommend and are there other cars that should be on our list?

Asked on 24 August 2013 by RD, Amersham

Answered by Honest John
There will be a new Jazz next year, and some confusing photos had emerged. Most show a Jazz that looks like the current one re-worked. Another showed a radical new car with styling similar to the Civic, but that turned out to be speculative. Meanwhile, you should check out the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, Ford B-Max, Hyundai ix20 and KIA Venga.
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