Advice on buying a used diesel hatch - sunisoftenout

I'm looking for some informed advice on my next car purchase.

My basic criteria:

Price <7k
up to 4years old
mileaqe <30000
paying cash
going to be used for motorway travel mainly, approx 20kpa

I don't have any particular preferences make wise but the Ford Focus seems like a nice car but looks to be slightly above my budget.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated

Advice on buying a used diesel hatch - Martin1981
Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI and Peugeot 206 1.4 HDi (same engines) spring to mind. Performance is on a par with that of the 1.4 petrol versions and are capable of returning well over 60mpg if driven sensibly.

Advice on buying a used diesel hatch - y2k+4
You'd have difficultly finding a Focus-sized car with that's 02-reg or later with less than 30,000 miles on the clock - remember that diesels tend to be bought by high-mileage users.

Unless you really need the space I'd look for a SEAT Ibiza or Skoda Fabia that possibly still got warranty (so up to 3 years old) with the 1.4 TDi or the 1.9 TDi engines. VW engineering, bargain price.

If the Megane II and Stilo weren't so troublesome I'd give them a nod too...

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