What car would you recommend for high mileage, mainly motorway driving, on a £9000 budget?

What car would you recommend for 25,000 miles a year, mainly motorway driving? I have had Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the past but found that the rate they go through tyres makes them too expensive. I intend to downsize but could do with a bit of space. I don't want to spend more than about £9000. My choices are the Ford Mondeo 1.6 ECOnetic, Ford Focus 1.6 Eco, Volkswagen Passat 1.6 Bluemotion. Diesel of course and, although I prefer automatic, manual is more economic. My sister has a Citroen C4 Cactus and says the fuel economy is brilliant. Any suggestions?

Asked on 9 February 2017 by kevin duignan

Answered by Honest John
Far better, a Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC because it's chain cam and more economical (60mpg +). Tyre life will depend on your wheel and tyre size, but on 205/55 R16s you should get 30,000 miles from a set if you swap the wheels back to front, same side, after 15,000 miles.
Similar questions
I'm currently running a 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus 2.0 TDI that I've had for almost five trouble-free years. It'll be at 90,000 miles soon and I think I should get out before I have to spend money on it....
I just started a new job in which I'm doing 120 miles a day, mostly motorway, five times a week. What would be the most economical car to commute and what kind of mpg can I get? I can spend around £5000,...
I currently drive a 2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI and drive an average of 14,000 miles a year. Due to an arrival of a dog in the household, I'm looking to change to a midsize estate but I would like it to be...
Related models
Punchy and efficient diesel engines, class-leading practicality, excellent reliability record.
Impressive quality and refinement. Rides well with keen handling. Very spacious and practical interior.
Unique interior design has a boutique feel. Comfortable and refined on the move. Spacious inside with a good quality finish. Available with impressive 1.2 PureTech engine.
Neat styling inside and out, fine quality, strong performance even from the entry-level engines, spacious interior and capacious boot for a saloon.
Relaxed but still enjoyable to drive, well-equipped for the money, a huge choice on the used market.