For any new driver, finding a car with excellent safety features, good fuel economy, low insurance rates and an affordable price tag can feel like a juggling act. Luckily, there are plenty of safe and efficient cars out there, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our top cars for new drivers to point you in the right direction.
Being able to spread the cost of a car has many benefits, whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experience driver. It’s much faster than saving-up for a bulk transaction, and means that your savings can remain intact. Furthermore, it often means that you can get a better quality car than you would through private purchase.
Whether you’ve been driving for months or decades, choosing a car with great safety features affords you peace of mind, and a much better deal on your car insurance.
Although the Skoda Citigo has been on the roads for a while (it was first introduced in 2011) it is still considered to be one of the best choices for new and young drivers. When Euro NCAP crash-tested the Citigo back in 2011, it was awarded a five star safety rating, and went on to be ranked as the Safest Used First Car For Young People 2017 by Co-op Insurance and Thatcham Research.
Most models are group 1 or 2 for insurance, as well as being cheap to run with a high mpg, making it an ideal starter car for new and young drivers.
In July 2014, the Ford Fiesta was named the UK’s best-selling car of all time; as of July 2019, it was still the UK’s favourite car – and for good reason.
What makes it an excellent car for new drivers are the great safety features, such as the option for a maximum speed restriction, a volume limit for the stereo, and park assist. Additionally, finding a car with a high mpg will save you a lot of time and money at the petrol station – a must for any driver – and the Ford Fiesta has an mpg of up to 65.7.
It’s a little pricier to insure than the Skoda Citigo, so opt for the 75hp 1.2-litre petrol engine to keep costs at a minimum.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of city driving, then the i10 is the ideal car for you. It’s small, but feels spacious, and the lower spec models qualify for group 1 insurance. In general, road tax is also cheap for the i10, which means you can keep running costs low.
There’s a reason the Polo has come to be known as a staple for first time drivers – it gets the job done. What’s more, numerous safety features have been introduced, including blind spot monitor lane change assist, City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring. The more basic models, such as the Polo SE, qualify for group 1 insurance. It’s also got a five-star NCAP safety rating – great for drivers who.
If you’re a new driver looking for your first car on a budget, consider the value of a no deposit car finance arrangement. Having the freedom to finance a new car with no deposit will make the process faster, and mean that you could get a much better car than you would through an all-cash purchase. What’s more, our speedy and efficient application process help you get on the road sooner rather than later.