What to replace my Mazda3 with?
Your Mazda sounds a lovely car but, as an 11-year-old example, high spec or not it is probably going to be worth around €5,000, which – on a trade-in – is going to get pushed down to about €2,500-€3,000. Operating on a budget of €13,000 on that basis, the Volvo is not a bad shout (and it will have lovely, comfortable seats), but you also ought to consider the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, all of which are in your budget and available with economical engines for the right price. You might also want to look at models of the MINI, which could be a fun alternative after the Mazda3.
Shane O' Donoghue - 13-Feb-2020