My next car will be probably a Mitsubishi Space Star (successor of Colt - hope it's known in the U.S.) = the smallest Mitsubishi. It's the cheapest new car you can buy in Portugal. I had a Mitsubishi Colt until I moved to the Azores, it was the trustworthiest car I ever had, no problems with it. And it was cheap. It was the perfect urban car (lived in Munich city 400 m away from the Okoberfest terrain) because it went into every parking space and nevertheless it was easy to put guitars, P.A.-speakers, monitor, mixer, stands, stool and 2 persons into it. If you don't have kids or big dogs or need to transport upright basses, the size is big enough. It's the perfect understatement car, ugly as hell but trustworthy. Very good in wintertime and thrifty. It's the original car to the old four-seated Smart (maybe you know) with a different shell (BTW: the new Smart seems to be a Peugeot - hands off!).
Apart from that I would recommend Japanese cars in general. Toyota, Mitsubishi or Honda.
My current car on the island is a 16 year old Fiat Punto which came with the house and now has run almost 160'000 km (about 100'000 miles). Let's see when it will fall to pieces, it clatters like crazy, but I've just standed it a new battery.
BTW: understatement models, ugly colours and stupid stickers reduce the price