Originally Posted by mowflow
A car that nobody suspects would be huge and is an ideal family run around is the last shape Honda Civic. The new one will be well outside your budget even on PCP. Rear seat space is massive, as is the boot and the rear doors open to a full 90 degrees which is ideal for putting baby seats in. The 1.8 petrol is pretty economical and it's practically guaranteed to never break. Don't be fooled into thinking its no bigger than your Mazda. I'd bet they are also bigger than an e91 inside.
I saw an ad in the paper today that reminded me of this thread. Looked it up and here
it is. £260 down and £260 per month. I think that's insanely good value.