Sunday 15 September 2019

'I'm looking for a car for my 30-minute commute on narrow and winding roads'


The new Ford Focus
The new Ford Focus

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

Looking for recommendations to replace my 2008 1.5TDCi Ford Focus. Car mainly for commuting, 30 mins each way, including some narrow, winding roads with poor surfaces. Would also like decent boot space for weekend trips. Really like the Focus and how it handles, so I would be tempted to go with another. Would consider electric. Priorities are cost, reliability handling, refinement.

Aidan: Regular readers know I'm an advocate of the 'if it ain't broke' ethos. There is a new Focus on the horizon and the market is stuffed to the gills with Focus models, so you will have loads of choice. You like the car and feel safe in it. That's a huge consideration. You could look for something like an estate, but nothing too big. So, what about a Skoda Fabia Combi? You should have choice of petrol or diesel and your money will go far in one.

Eddie: Stay Focused.

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