porkyjoshy New car ThreadWatch
What is going to be the main use of the car?
Driving to work/school and in general
How many passenger will you usually be carrying?
How big a boot do you need?
Specific tasks you will be doing?
Driving friends to school
Any brands you would prefer? Any brands you hate?
Like ford vauxhall
What features in the car are important to you?
Some sort of aux plug or bluetooth or usb point- something like that
What gearbox do you want?
Are aesthetics of the car important?
Alloys? Not important but preferred
What is the minimum fuel consumption you require?
My personal recommendation would be the Citroen C3, I have one right now and for me its a good blend between a nice comfortable car, fun on the backroads (it can be a very fun car at lower speeds), and has been very reliable. Also the best looking in the class IMO. The Citroen will probably be the cheapest to insure (when I looked a couple years ago it got me the cheapest quotes in this car class) and you will likely get a newer/nicer model for your money as they tend to depreciate pretty steeply from new.
If you just want a car to get you from A to B inexpensively and without any hassle, the Toyota is most likely what you want as that thing is as close to bulletproof as cars get. The car and insurance may be a tad more expensive immediately, but in the long term you'll probably come out ahead.
Also you said you like Vauxhalls, however I personally would steer clear of the Corsa. I know a few people who have them (around 2007 - 2012 models) and most say they are fairly miserable to drive and from riding in them they are not very nice places to be in.
In regards to AUX / Bluetooth, most newer cars will have them but I suspect at your price range the age of cars your looking at may be a bit hit and miss. If you do plan on a car without this, you can factor another £50-100 for a cheap aftermarket radio that will add AUX.
For your price range you should be easily able to find a car in good condition that has no big drawbacks, but you may have to compromise on small things. Make sure to take someone more knowledgeable than you when you check a car out, as they will be more likely to be able to spot problems and flaws. Also you'll get much better bang for your buck buying private, dealerships and garages are money making companies at the end of the day.