We will shortly be getting a small car so the missus can drive to her new job (how very un-danish)
Our needs are straightforward enough. She's the main driver, and she only learned relatively recently, so it should be a nice straightforward drive - good visibility, no silly handling issues or the like, and easy to park.
Space wise, we need a bit of savvy. We don't have the budget for an estate, and whilst the main route will be work and back we will often, hopefully, use the car for a week away at the beach, or head up to thee hills for a few weeks. So, it needs to have a bit of space, and - for when the moment arises - a bit of flexibility with bendy seats and what have you.
All of which screams Honda Jazz, even though they've made a mess of it's face with enw 2011 facelift :-/
It will be a leasing car. prices over here in Denmark are rather doolally, so please don't try and correlate UK to Danish prices (leave that painful aspect to me) but the options break down along these lines:
Jazz 1.4l. 1.5k downpayment, 36 x £180
Other similar options are
Hyandai i30 1.6l, 2k downpayment, 36 x £210
Renault Clio touring. 2k downpayment, 36 x £220
Fiesta 1.2l, 2k downpayment, 36 x £200
Nissan Note 2k downlpayment, 36 x £220
Nissan Quashquai 1.6l. 2.5k downpayment, 36 x £250
Funds are most definitely an issue at the moment, so for me the Jazz is a no brainer. Am I missing something?