Top 5 cars for first-time drivers
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 a new driver hunting 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.
|1. Ford Fiesta - 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.|
2. Seat Ibiza - 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.
|3. Vauxhall Corsa - 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.|
4. Renault Clio - 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
5. Fiat 500 - 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, 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.