Looking for the Best Small Car


Hi John,

My family needs to swap a November 2008 year Hyundai Elantra manual with 43,000km in excellent condition and a June 2012 Ford Focus Trend Automatic with 17,500kms excellent condition.

Looking at an automatic Mazda 3 or Hyundai i30 or whatever is similar.

Thank your for your assistance with this matter.




Hi Catherine,

The three best small cars are: The Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30. Take a look at all three, decide which one your parents like and then match the budget to the specification level of each car. (Any of these three is a great car - you can't go wrong, and it's really down to budget and personal preference.)

Review my guide to buying a new car and not getting ripped off by dealers here. Don't mention the trade-in until you've settled on a price for the car itself.

When your parents know which car they want, please get back to me. A car broker is the best way to purchase the car at the best possible price - it avoids all the dealership rip-offs, and you end up buying the car from the dealership that offers the lowest price - fully under warranty as usual, no hidden fees and charges, just the best way to do it.

I have a great broker, and I'll put you in touch once your parents know which car they want, and have a quote from a dealer. The broker can trade in the cars as well and help your parents get the best possible deal there.

Good luck with it.

If you have any other questions, please do get back in touch.


John Cadogan