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    I'm looking for an additional (economy) car for the missus to use instead of the gas-guzzling MPV (which will be semi-retired for family outings only!).
    My eldest (of four) is just coming up to seventeen and I'd this car to be insurable for youngsters to learn/practice in. I'm looking at new or nearly new as I'm planning to keep it a long time so all the other kids could use it when they reach driving age too.
    Insurance group one or two ideally. Five door preferably as the missus still does a school run and it's such a pain (and it kick-damages the interior) getting lanky kids in the back of a three door.
    I've looked at the Corsa three cylinder 1.0 litre and will drive one next weekend. A Panda's too small as is a Ka. A used Polo maybe or a 1.2 Skoda Fabia either of which would be my missus's choice. A local dealer has a number of low mileage Smart forFour's which seem quite big for the 1100cc engine, but I've not driven one yet. This is my eldest's prefered motor and I do think a minimum of two airbags is essential considering its valuable cargo.
    Has anyone any other ideas. I'm hoping to spend no more than six thousand, and the family insist that it's a reasonably 'cool' car.
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    what about a three year old golf - come well equipped saftey wise, coolish look and good size - could even get a 90hp deisel?

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    Fiat Punto - Lots around and a fair spec - durability for the length you are looking at may be an issue
    Ford Fiesta - A little short still in rear legroom - but its a good all rounder
    Hyundai Getz - Best Korean effort to date - but it wont set the world alight but a 5 yr warrenty!
    Honda Jazz - might be a bit to much to insure
    Kia Rio II - Almost a new one in budget so an ex demo would be good.
    Mitsubishi Colt - the Smart ForFour but in plain clothes.
    Peugeot 206 -not as roomy as you may think
    Renault Clio - how long do you want it to last?
    Seat ibiza - cuts it with the cool stakes
    Smart ForFour - funky and frugal
    Suzuki Swift - smartly styled, well built might be too small though.

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    Thanks Pte. Insurance might be a little pricy (well a lot actually!!!). What's the smallest engine size? I do like these though, but I'm really looking for the size class down from Astra/Focus/Golf models.
    Doug
    Kitchpoo.....that's more like it!! There's some there I'd not considered thanks!!!

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    Also you might want to have a look at the Nissan Micra.... one of the guys at work has just got one for a courtesy car (1.2 16v) and he ragged it all the way to work and the computer is still showing 46mpg!! when he fisrt got it it was showing 53mpg.

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    my choice.....

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    The honest John website is showing Mitsibushi offering brand new Colt reds for £5995

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    Me and the Mrs have both had Corsas and can highly recommend them. The 1.0l 3 cylinder engine is suprisingly good, but i'd go for the 1.2l as it has a little more guts when loaded up. Also you will probably get free insurance for the first year if you buy new.

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    Why not teach them to drive in your SRI. Doug..... just an idea.......

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    Thanks for that Ed. What a good idea (not). Thankfully even tiptronic changing is classed as ‘automatic’ so my VX no good for learning to drive in. That’s such a shame!
    The management has decreed that we need a little manual car…..so a little manual car we shall have!!!
    One with plastic wheel trims I think, so these can be removed and stored until the kids have learnt to parallel park without crunching the rims on the kerb.
    Come to think of it, I might leave them off permanently since the missus can’t parallel park either – she drives around for hours looking for double length spaces, and still manages to catch the kerb. You should see the rims on the old Previa. Refurbish?....I think they’d end up a smaller diameter!!!
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