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The Best Cars for First Time Drivers

The Best 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.

There are many things you need to consider before purchasing your first car…


How much do you have to spend?


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

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 that 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.

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