1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Recommend me a petrol automatic car | hatchback or estate | £3000 - £5000

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Ricochet J, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Ricochet J


    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 12,880

    Hello, it's been a while since I've done anything like this. OcUK please recommend me a car.

    Must have:
    • I have at the most £5000 to spend. My "envelope" is £3000 - £5000.
    • Petrol.
    • Automatic.
    • 5 doors.
    • I would prefer an estate, but I won't let that limit me. Therefore I am happy to "settle" for a hatchback.
    • Nothing smaller than a Ford Focus.
    • Reliable and economical. Please don't recommend me an old 3 litre, 6 cyclinder German muscle car.
    • I don't care for speed. But it has to feel well planted on a motorway.
    • My annual mileage is 7000 miles.
    • I aim to keep the car for 3 - 4 years.
    Nice to have:
    • HID headlights.
    • Heated seats.
    • Dual zone climate control.
    I'm going to assume the car has:
    • Electric windows.
    • Automatic headlamps.
    • Automatic wipers.
    • Climate control.
    Thank you.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2018
  2. Uncle_Gravy


    Joined: Aug 11, 2012

    Posts: 4,123

    Location: S.E Wales

    Honda Accord 2.0/2.4 Estate in EX Trim as I believe it has most of the above requirements as long as it's on the motorway run should see 30+mpg (from the 2.0), we had the 2.0 saloon with an auto and it was faultless for well over 10 years/110k we owned it (Sold it off at 170k), one thing I will say the Estate version is UGGGGGLLLLLY, it looks like a hearse.
  3. mjt


    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 17,902

    Would something like a Subaru Legacy Tourer be a stupid idea? Probably not the most economical of cars though.

    Focus or Astra Estate may make the most sense though.
  4. ScoobyDoo69


    Joined: Aug 27, 2003

    Posts: 9,386

    Location: West Midlands

    Wouldn't bother unless it has been LPG'd.
  5. -westy-


    Joined: Nov 7, 2002

    Posts: 12,262

    Location: UK

    Mondeo Estate? Generally reasonably specced, big enough, decent engines and at home on the motorway.
  6. 200sols


    Joined: Jan 14, 2018

    Posts: 2,620

    Location: Hampshire

    Mazda 6 maybe
  7. SoliD


    Joined: Feb 25, 2004

    Posts: 14,456

    Location: Portsmouth

    Mondeo mk4 Estate titanium minimum preferably titanium x although the petrol thing may be difficult.
  8. ShiWarrior


    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 18,642

    Location: Oxon

  9. ExoMale


    Joined: Jan 9, 2016

    Posts: 3,545

    Location: Gloucestershire

    automatics have never been known to be eco, but generally you would want a 2ltr atleast to have a less sluggish drive/feel.
  10. Tinders


    Joined: Jul 1, 2003

    Posts: 4,985

    Location: There's a voice that keeps on calling me.

    How about a Civic, or maybe an Octavia DSG but I dont know how much of a liability DSG is at the lower end of the budget. You could also look at the Passat DSG.

    I know you said no german barges, but my old man picked up a 06 Merc E280CDI (W211), for just over 3k, and its not skipped a beat in 15k miles, but it only had 130k miles in the 1st place, iven the 2.0 are well prices and the 7 speed gearbox is still a fantastic box.
  11. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 21,856

    Location: Northern England

    No no, he said no German muscle cars. Can't see a problem suggesting a barge! That's what I'd go for.
  12. Irish_Tom


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 12,341

    +1 for the Mk4 Mondeo.

    Ours is great (Mk 4.5 / 2L / Auto / Petrol / Titanium X).
  13. amigafan2003


    Joined: Jan 18, 2008

    Posts: 14,467

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Seconded - my wife has a Mk4 Titanium X Sport (2lt petrol turbo) and it's great.

    I've got a mk 4.5 Titanium X Estate (2.0 tddci). Both are autos but the auto is smoother on mine (not sure if that's down to the diesel or the software revisions they put in for the mk4.5 - I suspect the later).
  14. GinG


    Joined: Jul 22, 2006

    Posts: 7,132

    sorry phone is crap so cant search but is a superb estate available at this budget?
  15. GeX


    Joined: Dec 17, 2002

    Posts: 6,368

    Location: Manchester


    Civic ES, has everything on your 'assume' list and dual-zone climate from your nice to haves. It's also possible to find them with HIDs and heated seats.

    Not an estate, but the boot is massive for a hatchback and the seats fold nice and flat. I got a decent sized wardrobe in the back of mine (with the boot lid tied down)
  16. ShiWarrior


    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 18,642

    Location: Oxon

    Good call on a civic , there boots are one of the biggest in its class (as a hatchback) it's bigger than my focus