Which economical car would you recommend for 10-15,000 miles per year?

I drive approximately 10-15,000 miles a year and need to buy a car to use for work. Size doesn't matter, and performance is not top of my priorities. However I want something fun, reliable and economical, as I'll claim back 40p per mile. Most importantly, it must be comfortable for a 28-year-old 6-foot 3-inch bloke. I have £7000 max to spend.

Asked on 9 July 2010 by quitenormal

Answered by David Ross
As you're doing around 10-15,000 miles a year we'd suggest a diesel, and as you're quite tall, something reasonably-sized so there's good legroom and head space too. Something like the current shape Honda Civic would be ideal (go for the i-CDTi engine). There are a few about in your price range, but a lot of them are with high mileages. Give these a miss and find some with lower miles. We've seen a couple with 50-60,000 miles which isn't amazingly low, but the Civic is a well-built and incredibly reliable car that's also very comfortable and good to drive. The i-CDTi engine will average 55.4mpg too.
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