What Car? Personal Shopper: small and sporty car for £20,000

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What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

I think I might have an impossible task for you. My wife and I currently own two cars (a Mazda MX-5 and a Fiat 500), but this is shortly to become one. We both have different tastes, but what we need boils down to a petrol-engined family car with decent acceleration, good fuel economy and fairly low road tax. We would also like a manual gearbox and a bright, retro-styled interior. Our budget is around £20,000. Bearing all this in mind, I wondered if you would have some suggestions?


The brief

  • Family car
  • Petrol engine
  • Manual gearbox
  • Retro-styled or colourful interior
  • Around £20,000

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