What Car? Personal Shopper: best automatic saloon for less than £25,000

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What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

I'm a sales rep, so a lot of my time is spent going up and down the motorway on my way to visit clients. I've just had a promotion at work, so I'm choosing a new car as a reward. I'd like a saloon that's big enough for my wife and young son, but I don't have a large budget – about £25,000 is what I can afford. What would you recommend?


Drives: Volkswagen Golf

The brief

Your high mileage means that a diesel engine is going to suit you best, and we'd team it with an automatic gearbox to help those long motorway journeys pass as comfortably as possible.

  • Diesel engine
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Less than £25,000

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