What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Clio hatchback?
The Ford Fiesta that came out in 2009 is a whole lot more entertaining to drive than the Clio and just as comfortable on the motorway, but its interior doesn’t feel quite as nicely designed. It’s worth a look if it’s within your budget.
The Volkswagen Polo has always been a popular small car thanks to its high-quality interior, efficient engines and grown-up feel. However, it’s more expenisve to buy than the Clio, so you’ll have to spend more to get an equivalent example.
The Mazda 2 has a cheap-feeling interior, but it’s great to drive and feels well put-together. It also has a great reputation for reliability and has a decent range of engines.
The Hyundai i20 came as standard with a five-year warranty, which means if you buy a late enough example, you’ll still get some of that remaining. It’s also comfortable and quiet, although rther bland to drive.
If none of these options appeal, you could also try the Honda Jazz, which seems to be very reliable and has flexible, flip-up rear seats that make it more practical than most small cars. It has quite a firm ride, though.