What are the best used cars for first time drivers?

So you're a first time driver ready to buy your first car! Exciting right?

Well before you get carried away, there are many things to consider! If you're a new driver, it can be daunting at first. You need to think practically about what you need from your first car.

Things to consider before purchasing your first car:

Budget

How much do you have to spend?

Size

City and small cars can be a much better choice for first-time drivers. These are often cheaper to buy and easier to drive and park.

Running Costs

Fuel, road tax, insurance group, and servicing costs are all things you will need to consider before purchasing a car. Smaller cars are usually more economical and therefore, cheaper to run. Insurance can be very expensive for younger, first-time drivers, therefore, if this is you, do your research on insurance costs before purchasing your car.

 

best cars for first time drivers

 
Best cars for first-time drivers

Ford Fiesta

Best selling car of all time in the UK, the Ford Fiesta is by far one of the best small cars on the market and makes the perfect first set of wheels! The innovative MyKey system, introduced in 2012, lets safety-conscious parents of younger drivers limit the stereo volume and maximum speed of the car.

It's easy to drive and great fun too, so if you have a little more to spend on your first car, this may just be the one for you!

Vauxhall Corsa

One of the most popular small cars around, the Vauxhall Corsa comes with everything a new driver is looking for in a compact, stylish package. It’s small, dynamic, responsive and a nifty car to drive in the town or city centre.

The Corsa is available in a range of engine sizes for economical driving and affordability. It has relatively low insurance costs too.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500s iconic, retro design makes it a hit with younger new drivers with excellent fuel economy and low running costs. However, it’s also very popular with the more mature driver too!

It looks great and is fun to drive. And it's also compact, easy to drive and to park making it a perfect and affordable option for first-time drivers!

Skoda Citigo

Not only is the Skoda Citigo economical, whichever of the modern petrol engines you go for, but some models also fall into insurance group one, meaning it’s one of the cheapest cars on the market to insure. It's also very stylish and pretty good fun to drive too.

Hyundai i10

The i10 is affordable to buy and very well equipped. Hyundai offers a five-year warranty, meaning if you buy one under 5 years old, this is an added benefit. With only five-door models available, it's a more practical option than some of its rivals. It looks great and it's also pretty good to drive, with good fuel economy and decent performance: the 1.0-litre version returns 65.7mpg.

Volkswagen Polo

The VW Polo is a popular choice for new drivers. Not only can you rely on the durability of your Polo, but it also suits the image-conscious driver too. Other rivals in its class may have a little bit more wow factor in the looks department, but this has a lot more to offer.

 
Where is the best place to buy my first car?

Buying your first car can be a daunting experience. At AvailableCar, we make it so easy! Our no-pressure approach means that you won’t be hassled by aggressive salespeople trying to sell you a car, instead, we leave you to browse all our cars, at your leisure, in a relaxing, comfortable, no-pressure environment.

You can sit in all our cars, as these are unlocked for your convenience. And when you’re ready, our helpful team are on hand to offer advice and arrange as many test drives as you would like!

best cars for first time drivers

AvailableCar Used Car Supermarket is a great place to find your first car!

At AvailableCar, we have a huge range of the best cars for first time drivers including Vauxhall Corsas, Ford Fiestas, Fiat 500s, Volkswagen Polos, Hyundai i10s, Skoda Citigos, plus many, many more! With over 5,000 cars to choose from, we are sure to have the right car for you!

FAQs

Available Car Ltd is a family-owned business, first established in the Midlands in 2002. Over the last 18 years, we have expanded to become one of the UK's largest and most successful used car supermarkets, with stores in Castle Donington, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Cannock and Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Our no-hassle approach and relaxing, friendly environment make the AvailableCar shopping experience unique. We don’t employ salespeople, instead, we employ Helpers and Customer Service Managers. Our shopping experience is built around our customers, and how they like to shop. Instead of selling cars to our customers, we help our customers to buy – but only when help is required! It’s simple really, we make it all about you, not us!

It is 100% true. We don’t employ salespeople, instead, we employ Helpers and Customer Service Managers. You won’t be approached by our staff, however, our helpful and friendly team members will be on hand should you require any assistance. Just read our customer reviews!

We offer a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty with all our used cars, however, there is also an option to purchase an extended warranty of up to 3 years at the point of sale.

Driveaway today is available on all cars that have been fully prepared.

Yes, all fitted extras listed with each car are included in the purchase price of the car.

No. We don’t charge an Admin Fee for the simple reason that we don’t believe it is fair. Other dealers charge customers to cover their paperwork, checks, valeting or even the cost of number plates. We do this FREE OF CHARGE.

You can pay via Bank Transfer or finance arranged by Available Car.