How to Choose the Best Car for New Drivers

How to Choose the Best Car for New Drivers


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When you first pass your driving test, you will be eager to start looking for your first car. Although you may have an idea of what car you may need, it is a good idea to be practical as well. For first time drivers, you want a car that is not only safe but also has low insurance and small enough so you can handle it with ease.

If you don’t want to buy a new car as your first one, you can always look at used cars for sale. These will be cheaper to buy while still be safe if you choose the right one.

There are many small cars on the market that are cheap and ideal for new drivers. Here are some of the tops cars you can choose.

Hyundai i20

Produced from 2009, the Hyundai i20 is a nice small car that has many good features you normally find on more expensive models. It has a five-star rating from NCAP and an insurance group of 8. It isn’t too bad for a car of this type, so it is a good choice for the new driver.

Suzuki Swift

The Suzuki Swift comes in a 1.5-litre version which is a good engine size for young drivers. It has been produced since 2005, and it has a very impressive insurance category of 3, so it will be a cheap car to run.

It has received a respectable four stars from NCAP, and you can pick one up at a very reasonable price.

Citroen C2

Citroen has always produced cars that are innovative and safe, and the C2 has kept that tradition. First produced in 2003, they come with a 1.1-litre engine and can be picked up for relatively cheaply.

The insurance is in the very low group 1 category, and it also has been awarded four stars from NCAP.

Fiat Punto

Produced from 2006, the Fiat Punto comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that has the power you need without being a fuel guzzler.

You can pick up a clean example for a good price although you should take someone with you that knows about cars if you are unsure.

The insurance group for the Fiat Punto is four which isn’t as low as the C2 but is still low enough to get a good quote.

Ford Fiesta

The iconic car from Ford has been around for many years, this incarnation was first produced in 2002 and comes with a very respectable 1.25-litre petrol engine.

It rated four stars with NCAP which is a good safety rating for a small car of this age. The insurance group is a little high with an 8, but otherwise, it is a reliable first car.

Finding your perfect first car is not as daunting as you might think. There are many good examples on the market that will be small and easy to park. Most mainline dealers will have used examples that they have taken in part exchange so you will get a car that has been checked and may have a short warranty as well.

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