Family car buying advice

I need to buy a used car for max £10K. I need to drive to work approx 35 miles /day and do some short trips during the week. Need to fit one small child car seat and occasionally a second child + plus shopping etc. For large loads we use the other vehicle, Fuel efficiency / emission are important to me. I live in the countryside so roads are skiddy in the winter and dark so something I feel safe in. I like a slightly higher riding position although that is not essential. Looking at a variety of models: Renault Scenic, Hyundai i20 or i30, Seat Leon, maybe a Ford but not sure which one. It seems I could also get a used Volvo V50 for that money (I like the styling) although that is not a high riding position. Any thoughts?

Asked on 23 August 2015 by daisy1999

Answered by Honest John
Agreed about the styling of the V50. It's really a Focus underneath, which is a good thing. Current shape i30 and Kia Cee'd handle almost as well. The higher you sit, as a generality, the less well a car will handle. A Mazda 5 MPV or a Ford C-MAX are probably the best £10k high seat handlers.
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