Reliable town transport

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22 July 2009

Reliable town transport
Name: Nikki Bird
Age: 29
Drives: Peugeot 307
Budget: 17,000
Wants: 'A more reliable car of the same, or similar, size.

I drive mostly in town, so a small petrol engine will do the trick. I'd like something that's better to drive, if possible.'

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Price: 16,520
Target Price: 15,346

Quite simply the best small family car. This 1.4 TSI is a real gem it's economical, yet has plenty of punch.

What's more, the Golf is brilliant to drive, superbly refined and at least 1000 under Nikki's budget.

 BMW 116i SE 5dr, '09/09
Price: 15,450

Nice to drive and the premium badge might appeal to Nikki.

It's also surprisingly frugal, managing nearly 49mpg, and 1 Series owners gave the thumbs-up for reliability in the latest JD Power survey.

 AUDI A3 1.4 TFSI S line Sportback, '08/08
Price: 15,900

Nikki could snap up a top-of-the-range Audi A3 for a lot less than 17,000. It's high on quality and has the same great engine as the Volkswagen Golf.

Worth a look if Nikki fancies a premium badge.