Personal Shopper: best small automatic car for £15,000

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What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

I hope you can help – my wife and I have owned a 2001 Toyota Yaris VVT-i CDX automatic since it was five months old. We are very fond of it but, although it's only done 50,000 miles or so, it needs replacing. It's used for short journeys in and around town with the occasional 40-mile round trip to the city. Annual mileage is now less than 2000 miles.

We have up to £15,000 available for our new car. Our main considerations are an automatic gearbox and being easy to park with good visibility (my wife is 5'2" on a tall day), and preferably with four doors to make loading our family dog easier. We'd consider an electric or hybrid car, but are a bit concerned about battery life and the cost of replacing the battery.

Can you offer any suggestions please?


The brief

Recommendations for small, dependable and easy to park cars is something we get asked often at What Car?, and the good news is that there are a plethora of models to suit your needs. Based on your annual mileage, then, a petrol-engined or hybrid car sounds like the best bet – and first up is Darren's new car choice.