As said above, the wedge shaped Civic 2.2 Diesel is a superb car. Quick as you’ll ever need. Good girl (edit fuel, had to leave girl in though..) economy. Reliable and solid. “Magic” folding back seats that give you a completely flat platform and acres of space. Drive really well and look funky inside and out. Had one for a couple of years and loved it, only gave it up due to expanding family.
Failing that a Focus is cheap, reliable and an all round good car. But test drive the Focus and the Honda one after t’other (as I did) and it’s the Honda, no question.