We all remember our first car, right? Whether it was a classic 60’s VW Beetle with road trips with friends, or a Fiat Cinquecento with a sneaky first kiss, all of us have great memories of our first car. Those days may be long gone, and you’re now the parent or guardian of first-time drivers for their first four wheels.
But what do you look for in a first car? It must be inexpensive, have minimal operating expenses, be simple to drive, be safe, and not be embarrassing to their friends.
Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 cars for first-time drivers.
One of the UK’s most popular cars (everyone has owned one at one point, right?) The classic first-time car, in our opinion. Since its debut, it has received various accolades including ‘Top Gear Magazine’s Car of the Year 2019’ and ‘Carbuyer Car of the Year 2019’ A fantastic first car with a plethora of cool features that a rookie driver will appreciate, as well as reassuring safety features and a smooth ride. ThisIsMoney.com reports that For a 17-year-old, the average cost of insurance is £842.
Another excellent first car for inexperienced drivers. The Ibiza not only has a sporty exterior, but it also has a spacious interior with lots of space for pals or family members. Even the most demanding young person will be impressed by the basic level model, which comes equipped with a plethora of technology such as a touchscreen display, navigation system, and voice commands.
Affordable to buy, cheap to run and great to drive – what more could you want from your first car? The award-winning car is a firm favourite for a first car in the UK. The Corsa benefits from being in a low insurance group and relatively affordable insurance with great deals on finance. The standard entry-level model comes with a bunch of safety features such as ‘Speed Sign Recognition’ which detect speed signs that alert you to them, then with the push of a button allow you to set the cruise control to auto-adjust.
The French classic and winner of Carbuyers ‘Car of The Year 2020’. This supermini is stylish to look at and drives beautifully. New models come with a stunning 9.3″ display, parking assist and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The Clio boasts a five-star safety rating and low running costs. A 17-year-old driver of a Clio can expect to pay on average of £741 per year in insurance according to ThisIsMoney.com
Last but not least, there’s the Fiat 500. The elegant city runaround was rereleased in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its introduction, and it has proven to be a popular choice among first-time drivers. They look great, are enjoyable to drive and are fairly priced. They’re also in a cheaper insurance band, making them an excellent alternative for inexperienced drivers. Inside, there’s lots of space with simple but attractive decor.