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Top 10: Used family cars for £7000

If you're in the market for a practical family hatchback or saloon, you're in luck – as there are plenty to choose from. A budget of £7000 grants you access to a range of suitable used cars, each of which offer good on-road manners, spacious interiors, sensible running costs and reliability. So, if you’re seeking a good used family car, here are ten of the best options around.

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Kia Cee’d 2012-2018

A Kia Cee'd is a wise choice if you're seeking hassle-free and reliable motoring. For less than £7000 you can get an example that's only three or four years old from a dealer – which means a substantial amount of the original seven-year warranty remaining. The Cee’d is also neatly styled, comfortable, spacious and durable. Okay, so it’s not the most exciting car around – but it can tackle everything that family life might throw at it.

Standard equipment levels are also good and the large 380-litre boot should prove handy as well. The 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrols are pleasant enough but our choice would be the refined and punchy 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which has a claimed average economy of over 60mpg. 

Read the Kia Cee’d review here


Richard.Allen.    on 19 June 2017

Good , reliable nice to drive cars.Had mine ( 13 plate ). from new ,in fact built to my order as I wanted the 1.6Vti petrol engine and the optional panoramic roof. As the 308 is unfairly underrated , residuals are not very good making them a good second hand buy.My local dealer who sold the car has also provided very good service. The 308 is well built giving away little if anything to the so called premium badge German cars.

   on 26 February 2018

have had 2 ford focus h/b 1.6 dsl and had nothing but trouble with both. thought i just got unlucky with the first so traded for a 2015 but same problems. NEVER AGAIN. Crap frog engine.

norniron bmw    on 16 August 2018

Interesting to HJ recommending so many diesels with all the emissions, WLTP, EGR, DPF, Adblue, stricter MOT issues coming up in askHJ column....

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