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Passed your driving test? Congratulations! Now it’s time to choose your first car. However, with so many on the market, which do you pick? If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here are our top 5 picks for cars for young drivers:
1. Hyundai i10 1.0
Designed as a compact ‘city car’ – great for narrow roads and navigating through town centres – perhaps the biggest advantage of the Hyundai i10 for young drivers is the insurance. The car is categorised within the ‘1’ bracket, offering the cheapest insurance available and saving young drivers who don’t have no-claims bonuses a small fortune! Another great perk is that the controls are much more lightly weighted than in other vehicles, making it easy to find the right gear and simple to drive.
2. Skoda Fabia 1.0
The Fabia 1.0 combines thrift, quality, and reliability – just what young drivers need to keep them happy and safe on the roads. It’s considered to be a more cost effective version of the Volkswagen Polo, with cheap running costs and low insurance. The touchscreen control panel makes it simple to operate, and the tyre pressure monitoring system is ideal for young drivers who haven’t quite perfected their vehicle maintenance skills just yet! Ultimately, it ticks all the boxes.
3. Fiat Sedici 1.6
If you’re a tall teen you’ll love the extended height cabin of the Fiat Sedici which makes driving comfortable and enjoyable even for the 6+ footers! The great things about this car is that it grows with you – it’s just as good a first car as it is a family car thanks to the spacious seating and boot areas. The Fiat Sedici is really simple to drive, and the elevated seating puts you in a good position with a clear view of the road ahead. Overall, it’s a ‘grown up’ car without being too fast or too showy.
4. Mini Cooper
For young drivers, driving should be fun, not a chore, and there’s nothing more fun than a Mini Cooper! However, it’s not just the cute looks that make this a great car for young drivers – believe it or not, running costs are actually very reasonable. The Mini Cooper is also a very safe and reliable car, and we’re starting to see some premium BMW safety features trickle down into the Mini range, including collision avoidance technology that helps to minimise the risk of accidents on the roads.
5. Chevrolet Aveo 1.2 S
The main benefit of the Chevrolet Aveo is that it’s very compact, making it a great choice for new drivers who aren’t yet experienced driving in small, busy town centres. The small yet practical size zips through narrow city roads, and is a doddle to park. You’ll also find that the main controls are located in a traditional set up, so there are no nasty surprises when you’re trying to find 5th gear on the motorway! It’s a great looking car, cost effective, and the 3 door version is ideal for young drivers.