What alternatives should I consider to a used Citroën C4 hatchback?
The Vauxhall Astra has low CO2 emissions and is decent to drive, with good economy. The interior’s decently practical, too. The diesel engines can be gruff and the low-speed ride is a little firm, but there are plenty of used bargains to be had on the forecourts.
The Seat Leon has a range of strong yet economical engines, especially smooth petrol ones, with low running costs and plenty of standard kit. Some of the interior plastics feel a little cheap, but the Leon is a great car to drive and to travel in, and it’s still a remarkably good used car buy.
The Skoda Octavia is spacious and practical and has a classy interior. It has a range of punchy engines, it’s good to drive and is competitively priced, especially used. It’s cheap to run and the interior is nearly a match for the Volkswagen Golf in terms of quality.