Could you recommend an economical car with plenty of space that's fun to drive?

I am a student nurse in need of a good, reliable and reasonably economical car. However I am quite the car snob - having grown up around big brothers who like their cars, I have somewhat acquired the same traits. I am not looking for a small car such as a Ford Ka or Fiat 500 as, being a 5-foot 9-inch tall girl, I feel a bit too squished in them and I have become used to driving my mother’s Ford Focus. I would also like something that's interesting to drive, as I love driving and the rest of my family’s cars comprise Alfa Romeo GTV V6, Jaguar XK8 and a Porsche 944, so I could do with something interesting! Any ideas? I can spend up to £5000.

Asked on 5 October 2013 by CB, Southampton

Answered by Honest John
Plenty of leg and headroom in the front of a Fiat 500, but a Mazda 2 1.3TS2 is more fun to drive. For more grunt, go for a Fiesta ST 150.
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