The better spec saloon cars are all diesel though from what I see, definitely in the UK anyway.
I'd love a diesel but I don't want to damage the car as my mileage is low.
Accord petrol. Nice car, Saloon, bigger and better in every way than a picanto. Not bad mpg either and reliable.
It's all relative, but a petrol accord will eat petrol compared to a picanto or most diesels.
If I had the OPs criteria, I'd be looking at a Lexus ct200h
Why love a diesel? You don,t need one so why would you want the expense and hassle of running one. Much better of getting yourself a 1.4 or 1.6 petrol Skoda Octavia which is a great car by the way or a Nissan Leaf or even a Renault Zoe.
Would he really notice it doing such small mileage though. It goes without saying that they're thirstier than a picanto or nearly any diesel but I still wouldn't rate them as heavy on fuel.
I have to second your choice on the lexus, considerably easier run. Is the service intervals and cost pretty normal on those?
Yeah, the hybrid bits don't need servicing.
Petrol cars are of equally high spec in the UK, in fact most people spec them higher because they initially cost less than their diesel counterpart.