Which used Ford Escort hatchback should I buy?
Buy as new a car as you can and, preferably, a Finesse model with a 1.6 petrol engine. In its last years, the Escort range shrank to just two models, and this was clearly the better one. It has metallic paint, alloy wheels, air-con and a CD player as standard.
There's also a cheaper model, the Flight, but this has no air-con or alloy wheels, so we wouldn't bother with it.