What Car? Personal Shopper: hybrid SUV for £30,000

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Kia Niro
Kia Niro

Our choice: buy new

While we're sorely tempted by the Lexus NX Mark found – which adds badge appeal to what should prove to be a highly practical, low-cost package – it's harder to ignore the benefits of the new plug-in hybrid Kia Niro, not least its far greater electric range.

What ultimately swings this contest in the Kia's favour are the little things: it's better than the NX to drive, has a less fiddly infotainment system and comes with the security of a market-leading seven-year warranty. And since you can charge your car at work, a plug-in hybrid ultimately makes the most sense for your situation.

Our recommendation, then, is to buy new.

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