What would be a reliable diesel family car?

I am looking for a reliable diesel family car. It should be no older than 2013, less than 40,000 miles and we have an £8000 budget. Can you please advise what the best options for me would be? I have been looking at the Ford Focus but would like to know if there are better options for me.

Asked on 11 January 2017 by Richard Johnston

Answered by Honest John
The 2011 - 2014 Focus has a fairly catastrophic reliability record. You're probably best off with a KIA Cee'd or Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi, assuming you really need a diesel, because if you do less than 20,000 miles a year the maintenance costs of the emissions equipment will probably outweigh any saving in fuel. Check the problem areas of any car at www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/
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