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Name John Russell
Age 24
Budget 6000
Drives Ford Focus
Wants 'Something reliable and attractive to look at, which will also hold onto a fair amount of its value. The more space inside the better!'

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Kia Picanto 1.0 1
Price 6635
Target Price 6336

The Picanto is the cheapest new car we'd advise buying. It isn't a stunner, nor is it very big, but it has a seven-year warranty.

Fiat Panda 1.1 Active Eco, '09/09
Price 5750

Cheap as chips to run and decent to drive. A used car will limit the amount of depreciation, and this Panda has two years of warranty left.

Volkswagen Golf 1.6 FSI SE 5dr, '04/04
Price 6000

The Golf Mk V is similar in size to John's Focus, but is better built and should hang onto its value well. It also scores five stars for safety.