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Choosing cars for new driversBack

Last week we tackled the safety elements to look out for when purchasing a car for a new driver. This week we’d like to recommend which cars are the best first cars to actually buy.

One of the most significant elements to consider when buying a car for a teen is to look at which cars offer the most protection and safety. It is a well known fact that men in the 17-25 year age bracket are involved in the most accidents, and it has been quoted that half of young men killed or badly injured in a crash are driving a car more than ten years old.

With used car prices becoming more and more competitive, it’s well worth considering a second-hand car if you are on a tight budget. You can pick up several used cars such as a Suzuki Swift or a Citroen C2 from around £1500 and up, and many offer low running costs and most importantly, Euro NCAP ratings of four or the maximum five stars – an important safety factor to consider.

But it’s not just used cars which are attractive buys at the moment, there are plenty of affordable new cars available which are the perfect choice for new drivers. The team at Trusted Dealers has put together a list below of some of the best choices.

Hyundai i20 (2009-): Prices from £4988.00

The Hyundai i20 remains a popular choice of car for people of all ages, and is a stylish looking city runabout which is perfect for a first car. Its 1.2 petrol engine is just enough to get you about town with ease and the latest model released in 2009 has received a 5 star rating from Euro NCAP for safety. It’s cheap to run and insure and offers excellent fuel economy to boot.

Vauxhall Corsa (2006-): Prices from £2,495.00


The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the post popular superminis on the road and it’s not difficult to see why. It offers a wide range of engines to suit all tastes, but we would recommend the 1.0 litre petrol engine for new drivers as it is fast enough but will also keep your running costs to a minimum. It also receives a top rating of 5 stars from Euro NCAP and is cheap to insure.

Toyota Yaris (2006-): Prices from £2,987.00

The Toyota Yaris is another great supermini car offering a range of excellent features which demonstrate great value for money. It’s the ultimate city car which is well suited to cruising about town or equally at home on a motorway. We’d recommend the 1.0 litre petrol version for new drivers which will put the car into insurance group 2. One of the best things about owning the Toyota Yaris is that it holds its value incredibly well, so you’ll benefit when you come to sell it on providing it has been well looked after.

Ford Fiesta (2002-2008): Prices from £2,400.00

The Ford Fiesta remains one of the most popular cars on the road, particularly in the UK where it is the number one choice of car and has been for many years. Although the most recent model is more expensive, if you opt for a used model you can still pick up a great car for a good price. We’d recommend a 1.25 litre petrol engine which will off plenty of power for most journeys. The Ford Fiesta is a well made, stylish car with low running costs and it is also cheap to insure. It received four stars from Euro NCAP for safety and its prestigious badge ensures it is a sound and solidly made car.


Posted by Leana Kell on 22/08/2012