Need a small and reliable car for £2500 - what should I get?

I'm looking to buy a used small car for £2500. Safety is priority (due to a recent accident involving a HGV), followed by reliability and then running costs. What would you recommend?

Asked on 15 October 2014 by yellowbeetle1974

Answered by Honest John
Toyota Yaris 1.3.
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