Buying an affordable second hand rural runabout

I need to buy an affordable (probably small) second hand car for the school runs and commute to work.

But I live rurally with lots of muddy, stony and high banked lanes and plenty of soft verges and hidden ditches!

I need a car that is strong enough underneath to withstand all the muck and rough driving conditions, and has a high driving position and can get out of muddy trouble. I don't really want to spend more than £4k. Any suggestions?

Asked on 5 February 2015 by Sam the able reverser

Answered by Honest John
A Hyundai Tucson or an old model KIA cee'd would do the job, but the diesel engines weren't very efficient. Unfortunately, early Nissan Qashqais have held their prices too well to be down to the £4k mark.
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