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Buying a new car isn’t cheap, particularly if you’re a first-time buyer. You’ll not only have to fork out for the cost of the car, you’ll also have to think about the additional costs that go on top such as car insurance, road tax and general day-to-day running costs such as fuel and general repairs.
If you’re buying your first car, you might want to think about purchasing a used model. You can find an excellent selection of used cars on Trusteddealers.co.uk, all of which come with our 10 Points of Difference promise.
Some of the best first cars are smaller cars with smaller engines which tend to fall into a lower insurance group, so they’ll cost you less to own. Smaller cars are often more fuel efficient too and typically more affordable to buy.
Below, Trusted Dealers has picked out five of our favourite first cars to buy new, and our reasons why they would make an excellent purchase for a new driver.
Dacia is a relatively new brand of car which burst onto the UK scene a couple of years ago and has gone from success to success. If you’re looking for a cheap first car, the Dacia Sandero is officially Britain’s cheapest new car, currently retailing at £5,995 and in insurance group 2, meaning its one of the most affordable cars to insure. It may be basic inside, but its surprisingly spacious for a small supermini sized car, and if you can do without the extras, it’s quite a good drive too.
The smallest and greenest car in VW’s range, the VW Up! is a compact city car which costs from £8,765 and is in insurance group 1. The reliability of the Volkswagen badge ensures the Up is an ideal car for first drivers, and its green credentials mean you’ll pay less at the pump and no road tax. VW cars also hold their value well at resale, so when you’re ready to perhaps move onto something bigger, you can benefit from excellent prices on the used market.
The Skoda Citigo is one of the safest cars on the road and is therefore the ideal car for new drivers. Scoring a maximum five stars from Euro NCAP, the crash-safety experts, the Citigo is one the few city cars to be awarded such an accolade and it thoroughly deserves it. Behind the wheel, the Citigo is fun to drive and has almost the same engine make-up as the VW Up! but with a cheaper price tag at just £8,275. Furthermore, the Skoda Citigo comes with Skoda’s excellent customer-service record.
The Hyundai i10 is one of the most popular city cars on the market with a current starting price of £8,595 and in, insurance group 1 so a good choice for first time car insurance. The i10 comes with compact dimensions so it’s easier for new drivers to manoeuvre and park, an added bonus in built-up areas and cities. Furthermore, it’s a stylish car with a larger boot than the VW Up! CO2 emissions are less than 100g/km so you’ll also be exempt from road tax.
There’s a reason why the Ford Fiesta has remained Britain’s best-selling car for a number of years. Not only is it absolutely fantastic to drive, it comes with a kit list as long as my arm! It may be more expensive to own than rival superminis, but for just £16,495 you can benefit from more space and practicality. Stylish and smart to look at, the Ford Fiesta really does have everything a first time buyer could want, it’s cheap to run and drives like a dream on the motorway.