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Advice/suggestions on reliable economical cars?

Retirement, along with other changes to my family and lifestyle, mean that I no longer need the carrying capacity - and neither do I cover the mileage - to justify my Vauxhall Zafira diesel. Time to downsize!

I'm 6ft 3ins and looking for a smaller, but comfortable car to drive with a small petrol engine and a manual gearbox. My priorities are good economy, low VED and reliability. I have £7000 to spend, can you help?

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For free tax, a current shape Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 or Toyota Aygo, all replaced by new models this year, so going for discounts. Or a used FIAT 500 that has excellent front seats with long, tiltable squabs and more headroom than any other small car.
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