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Are you in the market for a new car, but don't know where to put your money? Perhaps you're unsure whether your cash would be best spent on a new, nearly new or used car? Then this is the place for you.

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Budget 20,000
Name Julia Possener
Age 40
Drives Audi TT quattro
Annual mileage 10,000
After 22 years in London, Ive moved close to the Lake District. My new lifestyle means I need a car with room for my bike and sports equipment. Ill also be driving to London regularly, so need comfort and economy.
New
Honda CR-V
2.0 i-VTEC SE, 21,875
Target Price
20,404
Julia should be able to beat our Target Price with ease if she shops via an online broker. The CR-V does a respectable 34.4mpg and the boot is bigger than most rivals.
Or try a Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 2WD, 21,645
Nearly new
BMW X3
xDrive20d SE
09/09, 18,990
This 2.0-litre diesel model averages 43.5mpg, which beats many other 4x4s. Even better for Julia, cargo space reaches a mountain bike-swallowing 1560 litres.
Or try a Volvo XC60 2.4D DRIVe SE 2WD 09/09, 19,000
Used car
Land Rover Discovery
2.7 TDV6 GS
08/08, 20,000
The Discovery is thirstier than most 4x4s, but is still capable of 30.4mpg; it relishes motorway cruising, too. With boot space of 2558 litres, its perfect for Julias kit.
Or try a Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRTD CDX 08/08, 11,740