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May 10, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Here are the Top 5 Best Cars for New Drivers 2018

Volkswagen Golf

Drivers sometimes discredit the Golf on its appearance, claiming that it looks "boring" compared to its rivals. However, no can argue that it is a sensible and safe car, and there is nothing wrong with being sensible. The car is also extremely efficient with fuel.


It has been argued that this car rivals the practicality of the Volkswagen Golf but that it does so in a more stylish way. It is very easy to drive and offers a huge range of safety features.

Hyundai i10

This is a small car with a small engine yet it performs really well, managing high speeds really well whilst still maintaining a stable feel. The car handles very well, with very responsive steering and is surprisingly roomy on the inside. 

Kia Picanto

The Picanto is reliable and practical whilst also being super stylish. It’s extremely economical on fuel and the car offers a huge range of safety features.

Dacia Sandero

This is probably the cheapest car on the market. The interior is dated but the mechanics are sound, having been proven through their use in Renault models. The car is in a low insurance group, and for a smaller car, it offers a lot of interior space.


Criteria to buy a used car for a new driver, outside of our list.

So, you’ve jumped one hurdle and passed your driving test, well done. The next thing you need to do is to choose and buy your first car and then you can start to get out there on the road and claim your independence.

Choosing your first car can be really exciting but it also can be really daunting, after all when you’re not used to driving, how do you know what to look for in a car? What features will be important to you and how much should you spend? Read our guide to buying your first car for some top tips on what to look out for.

Cheaper to buy

Generally, the price is a major factor when it comes to buying a car. The best advice would be to look for a balance. Ideally, you don’t want to spend too much and have to worry about every knock and scrape that can happen through inexperience nor should you forgo safety features in order to bag a cheaper vehicle. When you are new to the road another factor that should influence your car purchase should be in finding a vehicle that is easy to drive.

Read reviews from other owners of cars that you are interested in and specifically look out for phrases such as ‘light steering’, ‘good visibility’, or ‘responsive engine’. These all point to a car that responds well and a car that works the way you need it to will help you build your confidence. 


 New drivers might find they are better off with a petrol car because a lot of the cost-saving benefits of diesel fuel can only be seen with a lot of motorway driving.

This is something you’re unlikely to spend a lot of time doing until you’ve got some solid experience under your belt. Look for a car with a stop-start function as this can help you save fuel because you don’t have to keep the engine running whilst waiting in traffic.

It can take some getting used to, many drivers worry that they’ve stalled the engine until they become accustomed to it, but the cost savings are enormous and you can you the extra fuel to travel around to help you stay connected to friends and family.  

Cheap to Insure

Unfortunately, when you are a new driver insurance is going to be one of your biggest costs. You will need to buy a vehicle from the lower insurance groups in order to keep the costs as low as you can.

These tend to be smaller cars with smaller engines but until you start to accrue no claims discounts it really is best to limit yourself in order to cut costs.

As it is generally lack of experience that causes insurance premiums to be so high it might be an idea to have a black box fitted to your vehicle. These devices measure how you drive and pass the information on to your insurer.

So, if you are a safe driver, stick to the speed limits, brake gently and handle corners well your insurer should be in a position to offer you a discount.

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