Me and the other half currently own (well she owns) a Peugeot 107 1.0L jobby (59 plate, 10,000 miles. still worth £5-6k cash/part ex).
In my new job I'm doing around 300 miles a week. The 107 can handle this no problem as I only have to refuel it every week and a half. However I'm finding it a bit gutless and on the 45 minute each way journey, it's a bit rattley and noisy (Maybe that's just the A420).
I've been thinking about changing it for something else so here is the thing. My other half currently owns it outright, she bought it for her commute to Oxford, but since I've started this new job (near Abingdon) I just drop her off at her lift share in Swindon (where we live) and drive the rest of the way myself so she doesn't use the car at all. She hates driving anyway.
I feel guilty that she paid for the car out right yet I'm the one using it. I put forward something where by we part ex the 107 and then we go in 50/50 on something else.
Now the background is out of the way, here is the point: What should we look at?
Conditions: Economical - It has to be able to do about 350 miles a tank (average about 48mpg ish)
Has to be fun/comfortable to drive for a 45 minute each way commute.
Preferably less than 2/3 years old.
I REALLY like the new Fiat 500 twin airs. They are quick, comfortable and fun. My other half however hates the look of them (pfft). - Also, I don't like the idea of buying a brand new car, seems like a waste of money.
Fiat 500 Abarth....fun, economical and they pack a punch!
I saw it reviewed on top gear (other car review programmes are available to view) So I booked a test drive at our local fiat dealer at the time just to see what they were actually like first hand and I have to say they were really very good indeed. Give it a try Fatmas.
Other half's parent's friend (phew) has an Abarth, apparently the suspension is really firm and isn't very comfortable. Also don't they start from about 16k? They are doing a twin air Abarth soon though. Bit out of my price range.
I was thinking under 10k if possible, I don't want a brand new car really
echoing sentiments about the golf tdi's however, if you don't mind going back the Mk4 and can get a good spec Pd version it's £125 a year road tax. I get between 52 and 60 mpg out of a 192,000+ miler on 35mile a/b road trip to work and back and averaged 55 on a 800mile round trip to the lakes last weekend, without missing a beat. I get about 550 between fill ups.
I'm quite old now but fully comp this year with 3 points was £200 with legal cover.
Mine's a 130 pd version and it's reasonably pokey (there's a 150bhp version too), comfy and you can find them with lots of extras. Cheap to fix with 3rd party parts and you'd have so much change from your budget you could get a caterham/mini cooper for the weekend
(It is a bit old now but the PD was sooo much better than the newer direct injection golf diesels)
Because of my age (23) and only being a named driver on policies up until now (zero no claims even though I've never had an accident) insurance for myself and other half on a 500 twin air is £550 a year, £450 for a 107. Disgusting considering I don't drive like a nutter.
I drive a MKIV golf GT TDI 150 and they are awesome cars! I travel to work and do journeys to other sites both on motorways and on A roads. It does me upto 45mpg on A roads but on motorways I can do upto 55mpg generally speaking and the car pulls as well.
This one is quite old but you can purchased a Mark V gold GT TDI 170 which is quicker and same MPG consumption. They're quick, lots of torque, and good on mileage and also very reliable cars! I'd consider a Mark 5 if I were you.
for research purposes, insurance, mpg etc when you draw up a short list of options, i find the "Honest John" website to be quite useful. In fact, every car i've ever bought has devleoped every common fault they listed against the model on there so I can vouch for the accuracey