What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Golf hatchback?
The Ford Focus is good fun to drive and has been one of the best-sellers in the family car class for many years. However, it isn’t quite as comfortable as the Volkswagen Golf, nor does it have such a classy interior.
The same can be said for the Vauxhall Astra, although it does offer exceptional value for money as a used buy, thanks to its heavy depreciation. It’s also comfortable, roomy and, with the right engine, reasonably economical.
If you want a Golf with a little extra flair, you could try the Seat Leon. It’s sharper to drive, but its interior doesn’t feel quite as classy as that of the Golf. However, second-hand prices are highly competitive, making it one of our favourite used cars in this class.
This is also true of the Skoda Octavia – this car’s big plus point is the space it offers. While it’s similar in size to the Golf, it has a much bigger boot and more room in the rear seats.
And, if you’re looking for a car that combines reliability with excellent value, there’s always the Nissan Pulsar. It’s bland to drive and dull to sit in, but it does offer plenty of space, is extremely good value and, if other Nissans are anything to go by, should be extremely dependable, too.