Tell me about your terrific small car...

(97 Posts)
lljkk Netherlands Sun 18-Nov-12 15:07:50

Looking for something in the lowest road tax band.
Would buy 2nd hand, thinking 2-5 years old.
Petrol probably best (we don't do a huge amount of miles).
4 seater type thing (have ruled out Smart Car).
Much desired are usual nice features like reliability, cheap to run, good fuel economy.
Don't care about style or trendy.

Am already thinking Citroen C1, Micra, Ford Ka.

Any other suggestions?

DorsetKnob Sun 18-Nov-12 15:10:52

I have a 1 year old Citreon 3, diesel though, averaging at the moment 58 mph and no tax.

VirginiaDare Sun 18-Nov-12 15:14:02

Toyota Yaris. Tiny, very economical, low tax and incredibly reliable.

I have a fiat 500, it's a great car to drive.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Sun 18-Nov-12 15:16:01

Kia piccante is good for a small car and you cant beat the warranty.

I have a fiat panda I love it, it is tiny on the outside and as if by magic massive inside, we fit 2 dogs in the boot and both kids in wiht car seats, I get though 1 tank of fuel a month although couldnt tell you how far and that only costs £40. Best car I have ever had I love it so much.

BrigitBigKnickers Sun 18-Nov-12 15:16:55

We have a mazda 2 5 door sport.

All the wingdings (air bags, climate control, good radio/ audio, electronic windows, stability control, heated windscreens, 1.6 engine) enough room for 4 adults (actually can get three in the back but a bit more of a squash) smallish boot but plenty of room for my weekly shop. We get about 50MPG.

Great fun to drive- sporty looking- love it!

We bought ours 3 months old (ex demo model 500 miles on the clock) in March for 10k It has the same features as the Fiesta titanium but 4k less!

lljkk Netherlands Sun 18-Nov-12 15:19:19

We have a Kia 7 seater at the moment which I loathe so I can't even contemplate it. Every other suggestion is going on my list, though!

Having said I didn't care about style blush, any opinions on the Fiat 500?

MerryChristMoose Sun 18-Nov-12 15:22:50

I had a Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge. Loved it. Very economical. Made me smile every time I got in it. Coped with a bad English winter surprisingly well.

Milliways Sun 18-Nov-12 15:23:28

I have a Toyota Aygo (same as the C1)

It is £20 annual road tax and Insurance group 1, Petrol and very economical. However, it is our 2nd car and if it was our ONLY car I may want to upgrade to the Yaris for the extra space.

In the Aygo boot I can fit 2 of those Huge Asda shopping bags + a normal one or a wine carrier bag in the middle! For extra shopping we use the back seats.

We have done long journeys in her and she is fine.

JuliaFlyte Sun 18-Nov-12 15:29:16

I an DYING to get a Fiat 500, I dream about it. They are soooo cool. At the moment I drive a Toyota Previa, 7 seater and long for the day when I'm not a glorified taxi driver and can nip into town in style!

StrawberriesTasteLikeLipsDo Sun 18-Nov-12 15:30:48

Ive got a hyundai i10, small boot but other than that great and small

Doinmummy Sun 18-Nov-12 15:31:50

I have a toyota IQ it is a 4 seater but only just. 0 road tax good on petrol

I'm about to trade in my 3 year old Fiat 500 for a new one. I didn't even consider looking at any other type of car as I love my 500 so much.

Catsmamma Sun 18-Nov-12 15:37:03

I adore all the tiny fiats...have had a few cinquecentos, my favourite was the soleil with the roll back vinyl roof!

Currently have a seicento, the last one before the new 500, but if funds allowed I'd have a 500 in a heartbeat.

Have always found fiats brilliant fun to drive, very nippy and speedy, great town cars. And have driven them in very bad snow conditions, they are unstoppable imo! And yes, we do have proper snow, NE Scotland so have had some very bad winters!

NettoSpookerstar Sun 18-Nov-12 15:37:15

I've an IQ and love it.
Incredibly nippy and so cheap to run.
Mine is a motability car so I just pay for petrol.

StrawberriesTasteLikeLipsDo Sun 18-Nov-12 15:37:41

Oh road tax for mine is 35 btw so v low

babesdontlie Sun 18-Nov-12 15:38:59

Punto every time for me, low insurance, low running costs and with the city button can be parked on a sixpence!

BRANdishingMistletoe Sun 18-Nov-12 15:39:19

I like to join with the Fiat 500 love-in. Like MerryChristMoose mine makes me smile when I drive it. It's the lowest tax band here (in Ireland) and I once drove it on my normal routine for a day short of three weeks on one tank of petrol, which worked out at €15 per week at the time. Mine is an automatic which makes it effortless in stop-start city traffic.

nannyl Sun 18-Nov-12 16:02:21

i was always very happy with my clio

and it was even possible to get 3 child seats in the back

LaminateFlaw Sun 18-Nov-12 16:05:44

Another Hyundai i10 lover here. When our estate died we did (just about!) a weekend away in it with 2 adults, a 13 year old and a 6 year old.

HoobleDooble England Sun 18-Nov-12 16:06:15

We have a Suzuki Alto as our little runaround, really cheap to run but roomy enough for us, a carseat, a grandma and the weekly shop. Won't win any awards for coolness but we love it.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Sun 18-Nov-12 16:12:53

I have a Mini Cooper, but the diesel version. Always driven new Minis, onto my 5th one now!!!

I pay £20 a year road tax, get 53mpg but it's so torque-y that I can outrun most folks at the light <heavy right foot emoticon>.

It handles like a go-kart, is so much fun to drive. <mini nut>

BikeRunSki Brazil Sun 18-Nov-12 16:17:46

V. happy with my dull as ditchwater but cheap as chips Skoda Fabia. It's the TDi, £35 road tax and does 60 mpg on the motorway/45 ish mixed.

LetUsPrey Germany Sun 18-Nov-12 16:26:26

Another Hyundai i10 owner. Love it. Had it since new nearly 3.5 years ago. I think it's economical.

MrsDeVere Sun 18-Nov-12 16:27:31

I have a Renault Clio, automatic, petrol.
Its my 2nd car and my 2nd Clio. My last one died aged about 20.

This one is a much newer model. I use her for work twice a week (I drive around the borough for my work) and general running about.
She cost about £46 to fill up and I do that every 3 weeks or so.

I could get down to Devon on a full tank in my old car (350miles+)

I can get two cars seats and a booster in the back and my boot is big enough for all my work toys (i.e. a LOT).

MrsDeVere Sun 18-Nov-12 16:28:52

I am well jell of all you Fiat 500 owners. They have always been my favourite. Even before the remodel.

I yearn for a pink one...<sigh>

mantlepiece Sun 18-Nov-12 16:49:24

Fiat Panda... 4 doors, good sized boot. comfy ride and everything tax, insurance, petrol consumption saves ££££'s
Can get it in deisel and 4WD too!

NettoSpookerstar Sun 18-Nov-12 16:53:58

MrsDeVere, someone here has a pink one with a personalised plate, I sooo want it.
I'll probably need a bigger car before long, so will have to get rid of my IQ, and the Fiat will be out of the question too (I need a wheelchair), and am gutted.
My car isn't pink, but has every pink accessory you can possibly have for it.

justaweeone Sun 18-Nov-12 17:22:56

Fiat 500
Such a good fun car,and even the teenager thinks it is cool!
However read somewhere it is in the top ten of cars that holds it's value so you may need to take that into consideration
Bought mine with 15 delivery miles at a good price but had planned to buy one a couple of years old

MrsDeVere Sun 18-Nov-12 17:32:33

Mine is covered in pink butterflies. Cheap as chips on ebay. grin
Berlingos are good for wc. I love them. So pleasingly square and cute looking.

Not a widely held view though, I will admit.

I've just changed from a Mini one ( lovely , lovely car ) as it was sadly too small .
My primary age children ( when I bought it ) are now 17 & 15 and we couldn't all fit in .
I wanted a fiat 500 , but it was too small , so I have a Peugeot 208 .
It's such a good car to drive .

ivykaty44 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:42:53

When mine gives up the ghost - I will be getting a LPG and petrol car, there is no way I want to keep having to pay 1.34 for petrol when LPG s 70p a litre round here.

PickledFanjoCat Sun 18-Nov-12 17:43:41

I would have a fiat 500.

PickledFanjoCat Sun 18-Nov-12 17:44:27

I can't have one. Have one for me!

BeaWheesht Sun 18-Nov-12 17:45:23

We have a Kia picanto - very small and not much room in boot but otherwise fab.

BeaWheesht Sun 18-Nov-12 17:47:12

Oh just noticed Kia comment - why do you hate the 7 seated? We have 2 kias - one small and one big and they've been ideal (2 kids and a dog and us)

sneezecakesmum Netherlands Sun 18-Nov-12 17:47:50

I have a Toyota Aygo. 4 doors so great with kids. Cheap to run. £30 a year road tax

My daughter owns a toyota IQ - only 2 doors but very roomy in the front and £0 road tax!

sneezecakesmum Netherlands Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:02

Former owner of a nissan micra AND a Ford Ka - Both good cars!

slipslider Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:53

Chrysler Ypsilon...very cheap to run and is half the insurance price of my previous small car.

wonkylegs Sun 18-Nov-12 17:54:26

I have a 55plate 5door Toyota Yaris which I've had from new. In that time despite being thrown around in all situations from motorways to building sites I've never had a problem bar 1 flat tire (cheap to replace) & a cracked windscreen (chip from motorway + freezing temps).
It got me to work everyday in deep snow, has carried all the children's paraphernalia from baby upwards, has seen me through some spectacular flooding. Is cheap to run, insure & maintain and is quite good fun for a small car. Easy to drive & park, bigger inside than you'd expect and generally a bloody good car.
I have a 1.3l, 5door colour collection and will be sad when I finally trade it in(which is not yet)

LapinDeBois Sun 18-Nov-12 18:56:07

Another vote for the i10. Great car. Cheap to buy, and the higher end model has lots of extras (ours has got the works - air con, Isofix, sun roof, electric rear windows, ipod jack, you name it). Very eco to run. But for us the real selling points were three things - a) cheap to buy because not trendy like the Fiat 500, b) 5 year manufacturer warranty, and c) consistently good reviews on things like What Car etc. For about 5k we got a three year old top of the range model in pristine condition with about a thousand miles on the clock.

Lotkinsgonecurly Sun 18-Nov-12 19:04:55

WE've got the Toyota Aygo. Its fab. Agree with what has already been said about it. REally nice to drive

Hulababy Sun 18-Nov-12 19:08:48

I have a Fiat 500 convertible. I love it! I did have the non convertible originally and then replaced it with my current one. Had this one nearly 2 years now and still no other "properly" small car I want instead. I love the way it looks, it has all the gadegtty stuff I want and it is a doddle to park anywhere - I have to park on narrow busy heavily parked up roads every day for work - converitble has parking sensors too so can park anywhere! I take it on the motorway when travelling further and it performs perfectly well.

If you just want a good value economical small car - we had an Aygo for a while a few years back. £ for £ it was the best little car we have had.

WilsonFrickett Sun 18-Nov-12 19:27:46

I love, love, love my Fiat 500 and if you're buying second-hand you can often get a lot of extras for your money. The original owner went daft on the spec so I have parking sensors, blue tooth and mp3 port, auto sunroof, red leather seats, decals, sports function (soooo much fun to drive), it's automatic too. It's brilliant. But it is wee.

We looked at lots of 'entry level' cars but the Fiat did spoil it for us. The C1 you mentioned - such a cute car from the outside and goes well, but inside it's all plastic and sliders and clunky and cheap.

That said, I like the little Toyota, we had one as a replacement car for a few weeks.

MsElleTow Sun 18-Nov-12 19:35:19

We've got a VW Polo 1.4tdi that DH uses for work as he does a 49 mile commute. It is really economical and is lovely to drive, it takes me back to my youth! The road tax is £35 a year.

We looked at the Fiat 500 and loved it but were worried about the reliability of them because of the amount of miles DH is doing. If we needed a car to potter about in we'd have bought it no doubt!

KenDoddsDadsDog Chile Sun 18-Nov-12 19:53:46

I have an Audi A1. Bloody love it. Good on fuel, goes like shit which is good for my motorway commute.

ThisIsMummyPig Sun 18-Nov-12 20:06:33

I loved my Toyota Yaris, I had a 53 reg from new and loved it. I now have a skoda roomster, as we just couldn't all fit in - It is a bit more than your 10K, but is very practical.

Nothing like as nice to drive as the Yaris though.

I love my Toyota Yaris, for all the reasons other Yaris owners have already said. Mine's a 59 reg, 1.3, 5 door, cheap to run, £35 road tax, good sized boot and plenty of leg room. We use it as a main family car, we only use DH's bigger car for him to go to work and holidays.

chaosandcupcakes Sun 18-Nov-12 20:14:13

I have a ford ka. Wanted a fiat 500 but think its a but overpriced because its so pretty. BUT I love my ford. Really economical and reliable. Never had any problems and really nippy round town plus easy to park.

MisForMumNotMaid Sun 18-Nov-12 20:15:45

I10 owner here too. Traded in my very old Saab and. Got. It as a new car. We got one step up from the basic to have the boot tray under the boot flap and electric rear windows (these can be turned off from the front hence stopping ASD DS opening and closing the windows ). The three rear belts and headrests are fantastic for those occasions you want to get an extra person in.

We're a family of five and on one occasion managed the three DC's, two booster seats, one stage 1 seat, pushchair, weeks shopping, and hen with 10 chicks in the car.

It's been very reliable, has a 5 year Hyundai warranty. The services are annual and have come in around £150. Fuel efficiency is good, a tank lasts as long as it did in my Saab but its £30ish To fill where the Saab was £70ish.

It's got a fantastic tight turning circle and fits into tiny spaces. The fairly flat rear makes it easy to reverse park because you can judge where the car ends.

nannynick Sun 18-Nov-12 20:21:02

Daihatsu Sirion (links to Whatcar review) It's quite cheap and cheerful but mine has proved to be very reliable over the past 3 years and I do quite a lot of mileage - have done over 53,000 in 3 years - and my fuel tracker is currently saying that average MPG I am getting is around 47 Miles Per Gallon.

A negative is the small boot. A positive is that I can fit 3 car seats in the rear (two high back booster and one forward facing babyseat)

Just had a service and it was £202 (at a dealer, in the South East). Service costs vary as different things get done on different services.

Just had to buy 2 new tires, cost £100 for a pair. So another cost to consider when buying cars, tires do need replacing from time to time.

Daihatsu is part of Toyota Group and the Sirion as far I know is the same wheelbase as the Yaris, though has a different shell. Daihatsu is ceasing to import new cars to the UK, so you will now find only second hand ones. Service is not affected, my Daihatsu dealer (who now has become a Kia dealer) can get parts easy enough and as they were a Daihatsu dealer their technicians know the cars well.

Why don't you like the Kia? My next car could well be a Kia as that is what my local garage now sells.

ENormaSnob Sun 18-Nov-12 20:29:41

Yaris every time.

cyanarasamba Sun 18-Nov-12 20:36:00

Love my Yaris. Fits me, my 2 kids, 6'9" DH and stuff for day out/shopping including buggy in the boot. Cheap tax & insurance, reliable, turns on a sixpence.

I have a diesel, pay £55 for a tank of fuel and get about 530 miles out of it.

fabsi77 Sun 18-Nov-12 20:46:22

I am a novice driver, trying to overcome my fear of driving. I got a brand new Nissan Micra and it feels nice to drive it, so small, easy to handle and great for short drivers like me (I am 1.52 m). Honestly it was very difficult to find a comfortable position to drive in several minis I tried. I wrote a funny review about it.
http://beginnerdriver.blogspot.fi/2012/11/evaluating-which-car-to-buy-test.html

feralgirl Sun 18-Nov-12 21:42:04

I'm really loving my Kia Picanto but I've only had it for a couple of months. £0 tax, we get 45mpg out of it doing stoppy-starty driving along tiny country lanes and it's got really good space in the back (but not much boot though). We test drove a Fiesta which would've been our second choice (more boot space) but we preferred the Kia warrantee and the better mpg.

I would gnaw off my arm for a Fiat 500 but they're just too expensive.

wonderstuff Sun 18-Nov-12 21:47:40

I have Aygo - its very much a mum car - very tiny, but has 5 doors, boot will fit a maclaren buggy + 2 bags of shopping. Cheap to run - I love it, because its my first ever car and does the job. Fiat 500 much more glam though!

bessie26 Sun 18-Nov-12 22:06:54

Polo.

The only reason we sold mine was coz the boot wasn't quite big enough for the crap associated with a toddler & a newborn and a Quinny. As soon as we ditch the buggy I'm selling the Golf & going back to a Polo!

EasyToEatTiger Sun 18-Nov-12 22:39:28

I don't know what car I would chose. New cars are not easily fixed and they seem to hit problems at about the 3-5 year mark. Big problems. I'd love an e-type, but it's a bit beyond my price range and not very practical. I love the fiat 500s and the minis, again beyond my price range. So we have just got a spectacularly dull Hyundai.

Iceaddict Sun 18-Nov-12 23:44:45

I've just bought a clio 1.5 diesel. I love it! £30 tax per yr £20 does around 200 miles. It has 4 doors and plenty of boot space, it's actually quite nippy to, honestly I have not loved a car this much since I became a mum with a sensible car.

MichelleRooJnr Mon 19-Nov-12 01:02:59

I'm on my second Fiat 500.
It's such a reliable great little car.
I have nothing but positive things to say about it.
First one was a 1.4 Sport. This one is a twinair - tax free and very economical.
Having said that, I do have my eye on a Chrysler Ypsilon - they're lovely.

FellatioNelson Mon 19-Nov-12 03:29:57

Yes to Toyota Yaris, definitely. One of the older style ones - the new ones are bigger since they started making the Aygo.

Paradisefound Mon 19-Nov-12 08:31:24

Another Fiat 500 Sport here... Absolutely love it!! Tax is about £30 a year, I think.

Fiat 500.
Isofix seats
Sunroof
Bluetooth connection that plays iPhone music through speakers
Enough said, love it!

Sirzy Mon 19-Nov-12 09:09:04

I have a corsa, fantastic car very reliable. My last 3 cars have all been corsas only changed to upgrade rather than because their is anything wrong with the car.

MsVestibule Mon 19-Nov-12 10:37:58

I've has a Micra for 8 years and it's fab! Economical, quite nippy, exceptionally reliable, cheap to service and run. I can't think of a time I've ever had to pay anything apart from a standard service and MOT. The only disadvantage is the lack of leg room in the back.

Nissan Micra fan here. I had the Micra in its various forms for 20 years, and in all that time one car broke down once. The AA man who rescued me said he had never been called out to a mechanical/electrical fault breakdown on a Nissan Micra, which is a pretty positive endorsement.

Small, nippy, incredibly economical, and surprisingly roomy.

Startail Mon 19-Nov-12 11:22:23

I've had Yaris as hire cars several times and they are lovely.

DF drives one and seems to like it.

Tiny tiny are really sweet,, but if it's a second car and you have DCs, just big enough if your main car needs mending is hugely useful.

SachaF Mon 19-Nov-12 12:44:43

Toyota Aygo fan here.
It's dh's car but I quite like to steal it at the weekend as it's soooo easy to park! (I have a Toyota Avensis).
It's nearly 3 years old and has been very reliable on a daily 20 mile commute. Dh also does occassional commutes into London (60 miles each way I guess) and I offer him my car but he invariably takes his as he likes it so much. We can fit all 4 of us in comfortably, the car seats fit easily.
Did I mention how little space it needs to park? smile however, that does mean it has a small boot. Originally we thought it was going to be my car and we checked the umbrella fold pushchair and buggy board could fit in, and the jogging hybrid pushchair if I put a seat down.
Fuel consumption range is easily over 50mpg (1 litre petrol). Service costs are low. Tax is low.

livingfortoday Mon 19-Nov-12 13:12:22

Do not get a twingo

lljkk Netherlands Mon 19-Nov-12 13:52:20

Wow, what wonderful lot of replies. Thanks so much.

My Kia is 2003? Sedona & a Lemon.

It is unreliable, expensive to repair, rather expensive parts, has a turning radius measured in counties, so awful to park, terrible visibility (I hate sitting up so high) & bad fuel economy (or is 31mph ok?).

Bought it 3 years ago for £3k, spent almost £3k on repairs, if we sold it today we'd be lucky to get £1k.

My thinking is to keep big beast of a plonker car (Sedona) for when big car is useful, but 80+% of our journeys are only 1-4 people with little stuff, so small reliable car that can be parked anywhere would be lovely.

*ps: this is all my fantasy Christmas gift wishlist because DH is dead set against us getting 2nd car, but I will try it on, anyway.

Sabriel Mon 19-Nov-12 14:11:39

DH has a Nissan Note. He hates it because it is underpowered but it does have very good fuel economy. His has special tyres though which cost £100 each so best to check the model first grin

DM has a Honda Jazz. Cheap to run and reliable and a nice car, but I think they are quite pricey to buy.

fussychica England Mon 19-Nov-12 15:01:10

Had a C3 - totally reliable and lovely.

Audi a1 diesel is bloody brilliant, looks fab, nice and sporty, low tax and insurance and lovely to drive.

We are just trading one in, only because I need 4 doors, you can get a 4 door one now but only came out short while ago so you could only get 2 door second hand one probably.

It was unbelievably fuel efficient, could go for weeks on a tank of fuel and felt very stable and safe to drive.

indiegrrl Mon 19-Nov-12 17:13:34

Skoda Fabia. Cheap, utterly reliable, basic but roomy. Always starts, however cold the weather, and easy to fix if you prang it. I drive a lot for work and have been super impressed for the last seven years. No gizmos, no glamour - but also no attempts to thieve it/key it!

lljkk Netherlands Mon 19-Nov-12 18:51:05

OMG OMG OMG <<reversion to teenage girl moment>> DH has said YES to me getting a car for Christmas (!!).

I had to make a big concession, he gets to remodel the kitchen. I badly do not want the disruption & don't see the need. But it felt like a fair swap.

I started to suggest he could have his long-longed for conservatory too, until he pointed out that we probably couldn't afford it (£16k expected spend on car-flooring-kitchen remodel is enough).

Still, wheeeeee!!! grin

(Frantically searching used car whilst DH gleefully measure up kitchen dimensions, must reread to see if anyone says anything bad about the Fiat 500).

pipoca Mon 19-Nov-12 19:09:17

I have a C1 (the 5 door one) and love it! Brilliant fuel economy, the 5 doors is great and even though the hatchback looks tiny you can get loads more then you think in, I used to be able to put the folded up Jane travel system in! Had it for about 6 years and never had any problems.

bureni Mon 19-Nov-12 19:50:29

Yaris for me, avoid the Skoda Fabia, very poorly designed steering and front suspension which is a nightmare to repair and very expensive, the 1.4 8 valve engine has the same power as a honda 90 and is a horrible thing to drive. My only pleasant experience of my Fabia was driving it to the scrapyard.

I have the peugot 107 (which is exactly the same car as citroen c1 and toyota aygo) and I love it. £20p/y road tax, group 1 insurance, and v economical to run.

It is our only car and have ds - pretty much any britax car seat fits in it (haven't checked others) and I can fit bugaboo bee in the boot (have also fitted a quinny buzz, phil and teds, britax b-mobile plus carrycot - not all the prams together though! With my bee or maclaren I can also fit some shopping in the boot too!). If we have another dc I will keep this car, but might upgrade to the 5 door version! With the 2 door I can stand up-ish in the back to put ds in his car seat.

Spoonpaws Tue 20-Nov-12 00:14:03

We have had Hyundai's for the last 5 years now. Previously a Getz, now an i30 and they are both great.

Cheap to buy, run and maintain and come with a 5 year transferable warranty too which is a bonus smile

I second the fiat 500. You'll love it!

Minimammoth Tue 20-Nov-12 08:14:58

I had a fiat 500 as a curtesy car when mine died. I am totally in love with it and WANT one.

lljkk Netherlands Tue 20-Nov-12 09:29:28

I love the Fiat 500 : except for the price. EEek! Nissan Micra vs. Fiat 500 & it's like £3-4k difference for otherwise rather similar cars (seemingly).

Anyone want to pitch why the extra £3+k is worth it?

Dingdongmerrilyalong Tue 20-Nov-12 09:34:57

I love my Fiat but was lucky enough to be in the position to upgrade my old banger when the £2000 incentive was around. I wouldn't have got more than £200 for my old car so it was a great deal.

It's cheap to run and a lovely car to drive. Nippy, easy to park but high up so you don't feel like you are in a smaller car than everyone else on the motorway. Great on fuel (hence £30 to tax) and easy on the eye.

But if I was buying now I would probably go for a Micra and save myself £2k (only because the guilt at spending £2k extra would be too much to bear). That said, they don't seem to lose much value compared to other cars- they are the new Beetle in many ways.

Dingdongmerrilyalong Tue 20-Nov-12 09:36:49

Sorry, misread. £3-£4k is a lot more to spend. You could get another car for that. Have you looked into getting a loan over finance? Could pay back much less. I did, but the dealer did kind of lose interest in me once he knew I wasn't going to tie myself in to his deal for years.

MrsApplepants Tue 20-Nov-12 09:49:24

I have a Fiat 500. I love it!! It's economical, reliable (I do 60 miles a day) fun to drive and so cute!! The interior is lovely too. It costs more because it is way cooler than any other car!! Hehe! Get one, you won't regret it!!

Xiaoxiong Tue 20-Nov-12 10:01:29

We have a Ford Ka. It's brilliant - bought a 2003 luxury model second hand for £2500 and it's run like a dream. If you go above 75 it starts feeling a little tin-can-ish, but it uses next to no petrol and you can park it anywhere.

I'm just sad DS is growing out of his newborn car seat and we have to get a 5 door!! We will probably be able to sell the Ka for not much less than what we bought it for.

gallifrey Tue 20-Nov-12 11:58:02

I used to have a Twingo, it was ok ish when I only had 1 dd but when dd2 was born it was horrendous.
I could fit my buggy in the boot but that was all, when I went shopping I had to have bags all over the passenger seat and foot wells.
Rubbish after care from Renault too.

budgieshell Tue 20-Nov-12 13:12:37

I used to have a Matiz, it was great. I could fit in 2 young children and a double buggy.

lancaster Tue 20-Nov-12 13:38:07

I know you don't really want another kia but love my picanto.

Another one with a Hyundai i10 here and I love it.
Really pleasant to drive, low fuel consumption, can fit into really tiny parking spaces etc

Agree that boot size is small, though I do manage to put a whole week's shopping in it, and have transported IKEA flat-packs (Billys!) in it.
Oh and with all seats down along one side, I actually managed to bring home last year's 2m tall Christmas tree in it grin

Used to have a Fiat Panda and would also highly recommend that (though I found it was a bit more basic and "plasticky" inside than the i10).

LapinDeBois Tue 20-Nov-12 16:11:49

hopeforthebest we once got three Pax wardrobes into a Micra grin.

I was intending to go for another Micra but it reviewed quite badly compared with the i10. And yes, I toyed with the idea of a Fiat 500 but there was no way I was paying X grand extra for the 'cool' factor. Depends how style-driven you are. (Though is it only me who finds them just a teensy bit 'girly'?)

LadyLetch Tue 20-Nov-12 16:46:01

Another vote for the Toyota Yaris here.

We have it as our main family car and it happily serves my family of four no problems. The boot extends when you need it, or you can move the seat back for more leg room.

I have an 05 registered car, done 80,000 miles and no problems to date. A few minor things have needed doing, but nothing major at all. It is quite a nippy car, quite easy to overtake (I have the 1.3 colour collection too), easy to drive, very fuel efficient (I drive approx 900 miles a month on two tanks of petrol - or about £120 petrol). Car tax is cheap and when I bought the car it had very high safety ratings (5*).

When I upgrade, it'll be for another Yaris.

PlaySchool Tue 20-Nov-12 20:21:51

I got a Fiat 500 today! There's is quite a good finance deal on at the moment. I traded a Ford Focus in. So far, I am really impressed. Lovely to drive and manoeuvre.

lljkk Netherlands Sun 25-Nov-12 17:23:25

Ooh... you lucky sausage. envy. I guess that means you bought new? Can't ever imagine doing that.

I am 99% sure I'll get a Fiat500, but I want one 2nd hand about 2 years old with headrests in back, which is tricky bit, because can't be fitted retrospectively. And nothing too funky (I passed on yellow and black checked roof).

What was your finance deal playschool? I need to trade my 500 in for a new one in January.

PlaySchool Mon 26-Nov-12 20:52:15

kiss it was something like 3.9% apr. If you go on the Fiat website and look at "deals" you can work out a repayment plan.

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