In weird desperation I'm looking at an Alfa 159 with a very Alfa unfriendly 176K (JTD) on the clock as it actually seems somewhat reasonable (£995) although I'm fairly certain it's unlikely to make it down my driveway reliably.
I was actually looking for something along those lines as well. In the end, I bought an older German 6cyl and gave up on the small car because working from home means I'm only using the 6cyl once or twice a week. It isn't perfect by any means (what 20 year old German car is?) but it's one of those cars I really don't want to pile the miles onto, as it's completely original, about 80k under average mileage, lovely spec and I very much doubt in the current market that I'd get another at that price now. So, should I need to return to my commute at the same level as before, I'll be back looking for a small and economical daily to take the hit. Yay.
I love cars but I have never liked buying the things!