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Second hand new* In association with THE annual test day organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders at the car industry's proving ground in Befordshire provided the ideal opportunity to take three family cars out back-to-back.

* Alfa Romeo Giulietta The Giulietta is more distinctive than most of the other cars in its class, but you really do need to only look at it from certain angles, in certain specifications and colours, if you want call it pretty.

The drive is anodyne and I wasn't allowed to take it on the hill course, so I assume it struggles with corners.

Used Car Expert guide price: A 2010 registered 1.6-litre diesel with under 5,000 miles is around pounds 18,250.

* Citroen C4 Bravely, Citroen was quite happy for the C4 to go round the hill course.

It is refined, as quick and frugal as anything else and Citroen styling, while not wild on the C4, certainly has a little Frenchness about it.

Just like the build quality. Used Car Expert guide price: A 2010 registered 1.6-litre diesel with under 5,000 miles is around pounds 17,250.

* Ford Focus Ford, of course, used to stand for Fixed Or Repaired Daily.

But from the moment the current Focus turns a wheel you know those days are long gone. Every press of a switch, every steering input, and every glance of a dial confirmed that Ford are making premium cars.

Used Car Expert guide price: Latest shape 2011-registed 1.6 diesels are already available "nearly new" for pounds 17,500, once they are a year old, they will be around pounds 13,000.

* By Matt Tumbridge
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 17, 2011
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