What are the best cars for first time drivers?


Learning to drive is a major milestone in life, which not only affords greater freedom and independence but also signals another step towards adulthood. However, the vast majority of teenagers do not want to rely on using mum or dad’s car and will need their own wheels to cruise the streets in.

At the same time, parents will want their children to drive a car that is cheap to run, features the latest safety kit, and doesn’t break the bank when it comes to insurance. This is also true of older first-time drivers, who may have more money to spend but still want the same qualities in a vehicle.

So with this in mind, here are 5 of the best cars for first time drivers, all of which can be found on the LeaseCar site if you’d prefer not to buy them outright:

Ford Fiesta

It is no surprise that this has been the best-selling car in the UK for quite some time now. In addition to being easy and fun to drive, the Ford Fiesta is also super safe with its clever MyKey system, which enables worried parents to restrict the maximum speed and stereo volume when their kids are driving. Young drivers also benefit from SYNC voice activation so they can keep their eyes on the road at all times. Lower-powered models return impressive economy and cheap insurance premiums too.

Ford fiesta - best car for first time drivers

Volkswagen Polo

Yet another automotive icon, the Volkswagen Polo is for the more sophisticated first-time driver. As well as the kudos that comes with owning a VW, you will also get a truly upmarket small car, which provides comfort, quality, and refinement. A range of efficient petrol engines will keep running costs to a minimum, while an unwavering commitment to safety ensures abundant protection on every journey.

Skoda Citigo

Although the Skoda Citigo has the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii, it is the cheapest of the three to buy and represents exceptional value for money. What’s more, it is arguably the most stylish too, especially since Skoda has shaken off its once regrettable reputation. Regardless of the petrol engine you choose, excellent MPG and inexpensive insurance is guaranteed. On the inside you get superb safety features, a surprising amount of space, and quality above its price point.

MINI hatchback

It might be one of the more expensive first car options available, but the MINI hatchback offers the kind of desirability that image-conscious teenagers crave. Its retro design delivers enduring appeal, while bigger dimensions and a more upmarket interior provide substance along with style. The entry-level MINI One manages up to 60mpg and costs £20 a year to tax as well.

Hyundai i10

Big car features wrapped up in a small package, the Hyundai i10 continues to impress with bundles of practicality, solid build quality, and reliability that is second-to-none. All engine options strike the right balance between performance and economy, but the 1.0-litre petrol is exempt from road tax and returns a wallet-friendly 65.7mpg. Sharp looks, fun to drive, and the added versatility of five doors as standard makes the Hyundai i10 an understated yet accomplished choice.

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