the g/f is after replacing her 1998 VW Polo 1.4L at some point. At the moment she's eyeing up Corsa's but also likes Puma's too.
the budget would probably be around the 2k marker, give or take a couple hundred. If her Polo isn't dead at this point (just a what if, as it actually runs ok currently) then there'll be whatever she gets for that (probably somewhere under £700) as well as.
Don't suggest anything "old school with a lot of 'character'" either. she'll be wanting something newish. Newer than her current car anyhow.
MPG would have to be fair (let's say 40mpg+)
She's prefer it to be no slower than her Polo & hopefully a bit nippier
Nothing group 20 on the insurance!! (in other words, nothing too high)
Reliability is a KEY point
Longevity - she doesn't want it falling apart with the rust as she's beginning to dislike her Polo as it's a bit scattered with the rust.