Replacing 20-year-old Golf - any recommendations?

My wife is sadly letting go of her old Golf. We are after something economic, fully automatic, comfortable and reliable as it will be her last car. My wife has an old whiplash injury which causes problems. It will do only 6/7000 mainly local miles pa.
We thought of the i30 but then thought of something slightly higher like a crossover like the 2008 as we are getting on a bit. Then a friend suggested the Toyota Prius. Open to all suggestions, makes and models and have a budget £13k max.

Asked on 11 December 2015 by dmikeh

Answered by Honest John
Rather than a Prius, a Toyota Auris hybrid. The previous to current model is smaller than a Prius, but also a few inches taller than the average hatchback, making it fit your requirements perfectly. My father has one and it has been completely trouble-free. He still averages about 50mpg, mostly on short runs, but in a hilly area.
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