What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 207 hatchback?
The 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 yet has more rear space. Make sure you go for one of the higher-spec cars, though, because 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 it's a lot cheaper than that car.