4. Kia Cee’d
The Kia Cee’d is very similar to the Hyundai i30 under the skin, but sneaks ahead of it in this ranking by dint of the fact its warranty is longer – you get seven years’ worth with the Kia, although it’s limited to 100,000 miles in the last four of those. Otherwise, it’s much the same story – blighted by a range of slightly underwhelming engines and not that much fun to drive. But otherwise, the Cee’d is a comfortable, spacious and well-built family car that offers you plenty of peace of mind.
We found: 2014 1.6 CRDi 2, 10,000 miles, £9995
We’re huge fans of the Golf, but it is expensive, and as a result, for this price, you can only just squeeze yourself into the latest Mk7 version. However, you’ll probably have to put up with a slightly higher mileage than in some of our other cars here, and for that reason, it doesn’t quite reach top spot here. Nevertheless, if you can live with that higher mileage, you do get some great benefits: a classy interior, a comfortable ride, involving handling, a spacious interior and impressive safety standards.
We found: 2013 1.6 TDI 105 SE, 34,000 miles, £9988
2. Seat Leon
The Leon is a way off the Golf in terms of the quality of its interior, which is one reason why it’s much cheaper to buy, but it’s still a nicer place to be than most family cars. You still get the same great choice of engines as that car and a similarly spacious and practical interior, though. Plus, the Leon is great fun to drive, all of which makes it look like a better value alternative to the Golf – not to mention, one wearing an arguably slightly sharper suit.
We found: 2014 1.4 TSI SE, 13,000 miles, £9999
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