What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 207 hatchback?
The Peugeot 207 went on sale just after the third-generation Renault Clio, and this remains a tempting alternative on the used market, because it costs much the same to buy and run, and offers more rear space. Make sure you go for one of the higher-spec cars, though; these have a classy soft-touch dashboard, whereas the plastics in cheaper versions are hard and unappealing.
The Seat Ibiza is another small hatchback that’s worth considering, combining stylish looks with sporty handling. Under the skin it’s related to the Volkswagen Polo, but you’ll pay a lot less for the Seat.
You can be confident that anything that has won the What Car? Car of the Year award is going to be superb, and the fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa is just such a vehicle. It manages to feel like a big, grown-up car, and is just as at home in town as it is on the motorway.