Drives Ford Focus Estate
Wants 'Something nippy and manoeuvrable for my 15-mile daily commute.
It needs to have a decent boot, and comfort and fuel economy are also important.'
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Hyundai i20 1.2 Classic 5dr
Target Price £8259
The i20 is our top choice if Maria wants to buy new. It doesn't offer as much space as her Focus Estate, but it's a cracking all-round car for the money and very cheap to run. It's also surprisingly comfortable.
Renault Clio Sport Tourer 1.2 TCE Dyn', '08/58
You don't see many Sport Tourers on the road, but the big-booted Clio is actually a fine car. It has a thoughtfully designed loadbay, and this 1.2 turbo version has both good pace and fuel economy.
Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI PD Ambiente, '07/07
The Octavia has the biggest boot of the three, and because this one's a diesel it's the most frugal, too. Skoda's small family car is comfortable and good to drive, and Ambiente trim comes with plenty of kit.