Best compact executive car?

I have just retired and would like your advice please on the best value for money small executive car. As I would only consider a petrol engine your view on the best engine and gearbox would be appreciated too. My annual mileage is 8000 miles and my budget is £30k.

Asked on 14 September 2016 by Gardenerman

Answered by Honest John
Probably a BMW 3 Series with the new 2.0 litre engine and 8 speed torque converter transmission. But it is due for replacement at some time next year. A3 probably best with the 1.4TSI ACT 150 engine, but that needs a new timing belt every 4 years.
Similar questions
Have you heard of any problems with the BMW 2 Series 218 Sport?
Can you tell me which executive car is the quietest to be in when cruising on the motorway?
I'm in the market for a decent quality estate that will give excellent fuel economy. Ideally, I'd like a diesel, as I travel over 15,000 miles a year. However, I also want low running costs and good reliability....
Related models
Great to drive yet on the right wheels and tyres has a forgiving ride. More space in the back than before. xDrive four-wheel drive available. 320d Efficient Dynamics averages a claimed 68.9mpg.
Comfortable and high quality premium hatchback. Low emissions diesel engines including economical 1.6 TDI. Very refined at speed yet handles well in corners.

Ask Honest John

Value my car