Focus Tdci 1.8D
Excellent running about car, plenty of poke so it's fun and a big boot but still a hatch- had to sell mine recently to buy a 'big' car as dog needed more room (and we're going to France soon so needed more wine space ). I had zero problems with it and it was fun! Everyone I know who has one is 100% happy which you don't hear very often..
second vote for a Focus - we have got a Ghia 1.8
Y reg and still going strong - passed MOT on FRiday with no probs
had to spend a bit of money on it last year but that has been it
totally reliable, economical on fuel and safe
we are going to hang onto it and run it into the ground and then we will get another