Can you recommend an economical family car?

I am having to sell my BMW 3 Series convertible as am expecting a baby and it is proving too expensive to run and a bit impractical. Please can you recommend a car that is economical to run without feeling too basic or slow? I am likely to buy second hand with a budget of around £4000 or of around £10000 new, many thanks.

Asked on 4 May 2014 by a evans

Answered by Honest John
What a lot, of people do't think about is bending to lift a baby that grows into a toddler in and out of a car. It's an excellent way to develop back trouble. So you need 4 doors and preferably an MPV, which means a used C-Max or similar. New £10k doesn't buy much. There were a few run-out Zafira B 1.6s going for £10k 6 months ago. Maybe a Suzuki Splash or Vauxhall Agila.
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