One for the Road: A small but spacious hatchback for £7,000
Sunday 03 August 2014
Bill Mortimer is selling three cars (Mercedes, Vauxhall, Ford), wants a small but spacious hatchback, and has £7,000.
A car for the head
My first thought is that as Bill is getting rid of a Mercedes E-Class saloon he might like to have another smaller model in the range. Indeed, although the A- and B-Class vehicles may be smaller, they are fantastically clever at making the best of the interior space, especially the A-Series. It is no bigger than a small hatchback but locating the engine under the floor means that inside it is like a van, especially if the seats are folded or removed. A 2009 Classic SE 1.5 costs £7,000 from a dealer.
A car for the heart
I very much like the Toyota Corolla Verso (above), which is reliable and spacious. The Easy Flat 7 seating system means the middle-row and two rear seats can be folded flat. Meanwhile, the middle seats can also slide to increase the load space. Average fuel economy on the 1.6 and 1.8 petrol models is 37mpg, not bad for a people carrier, but obviously the diesel is the better option, especially when it can manage 44mpg overall. A 2006 2.0 D-4D T Spirit model starts at £5,500 from a dealer with a warranty.
Looking to buy?
Email James Ruppert at onefortheroad@independent. co.uk, giving your age, address and phone number, details of the type of vehicle in which you are interested, and your budget
Life & Style blogs
No, a porn star wasn't tricked into performing a sex act on her brother
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
A nap a day could save your life
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
The antidote to Tinder? Majority of dating app users want relationship, rather than hook-ups, study finds
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'
- 1 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 2 Pictures show young Palestinian girl biting Israeli soldier trying to detain boy during West Bank protests
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 4 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...