What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota Corolla hatchback?
The Hyundai Ioniq is perhaps the main rival to the Corolla. It’s available as a petrol-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or as a fully electric car. For us, it works best as a hybrid, and on top of being good to drive and cheap to run you’ll get a good-quality interior, as well as some keen used prices.
Among more conventional family cars, the Mk7 version of the iconic Volkswagen Golf is of course a splendid buy. It has a comfortable ride, is well equipped, wonderfully refined and relatively cheap to buy and to run. It’s roomy, with a feeling of solidity few cars in its class can match.