I had a Focus C-max in the UK - absolutely loved it and a pleasure to drive. Never had any probs as did not the friends who bought it.
I also had a focus estate here in Portugal and loved it too, never any probs too
Focus' have a very reliable rep, and parts are cheaper and relatively easy to work on (for modern vehicles) but are not not cool
VW have a very good reputation, but not at all always deservedly. My wife's Polo always has problems, and VW very good at making money the 'printer ink' way - every time you need to change something you have to buy the whole thing and parts expensive - e.g 30 cent interior light door microswitch on our polo requires whole new door lock assembly at XXX Euros (and this not working means that buzzer doesnt go off if leave lights on and open door - how many times have I had to go jump my wife's car?!?. Horrible to work on too. My mechanic mate at home is always swearing about his Golf and VW in general. At least my old 70's campers were easy to work on and individual parts could be replaced(air-cooled engine rebuild an interesting puzzle tho)
Maria Pia good for Veedub parts you cant get in a normal motor factors (in Lisbon)
I know nothing about Yaris'
Do NOT get a Freelander (especially a Petrol one or any early one with weaker reduction boxes) although I love mine because on the roads here is often pretty off-road due to the potholes and it makes it more comfortable. And you can intimidate the Portuguese drivers when they inevitably try to do that to you. I have to put the prop on before the MOT and take it off again after every year tho as the viscous coupling is of course Kaput. There are loads of them here.
I found these online people good
Mini Cooper? they are German now - unless you are talking about an original one - if so don't - you will spend more time hitting your head on the roof than sitting on the seat 🙂
Its always a lottery buying a used car tho, and you cant tell if yours will not collapse imminently either, so you are always between a rock and a hard place.
I hate buying cars - it was so easy when I was growing up in the UK and I could go with my mechanic dad into his workshop and sort it out (last time I asked his advice on a problem he said he was glad I was a thousand miles away 🙂 ). That and older cars are so much more environmentally friendly - they might put out a few more fumes (hence in cities it makes sense to remove them), but having to replace huge chuncks of things every time something goes wrong and paying loads cause only the test machine can diagnose is not exactly good. AND how much carbon footprint is there in the fabrication of a brand new car and in the earning of the money to buy it? Sorry - I am ranting 🙂
I would definitely recommend buying a dongle anyway so you can at least see basic fault codes tho, mine has been great:
Use it with Torque app on phone
So - I say Focus, but the one you are looking at could be rubbish - I am as much use as a chocolate bicycle, aren't I