What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?
The latest Audi A3 may not be as impressive as its predecessor, but it's still the best premium family car you can buy. A larger infotainment screen and a standard digital instrument cluster should keep tech fans happy.
If sportiness isn't your bag, try a Mercedes A-Class. This generation is far superior to what went before thanks to a supple ride and greater practicality. The 1.3-litre petrol is a surprise too, especially in A200 form, where it is fast enough for any given situation, yet returns excellent fuel economy and exemplary refinement at a cruise.