Best Cars for Young Drivers

Aside from a house, the car you drive tends to be the most expensive product you’ll spend money on during your lifetime. This is largely due to the outright cost of buying a car, but also because of all the factors attached, such as insurance, tax and fuel.

As a young, new driver, chances are you’ll want your first car to be easy to afford and insure, as well as be frugal and efficient. Luckily, many new cars currently on sale today offer all of those benefits, along with safety and security advantages to boot.

So, as a guide for what kind of model to look for, here are our best cars for young drivers that offer the best package for cheap running costs, safety and security. You might guess correctly that the cars we’ve chosen are small, low-powered cars, but when it comes to your first car as a young driver, that’s really what you need to be looking for.

Best cars for young drivers - 108

Peugeot 108/Citroen C1

Both the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 kicked up a bit of a fuss when they were launched in 2014, thanks to their bold design that made them stand out in a competitive small car market.

As well as their visual flair, the two cars - which are pretty much identical underneath - offer a car that is cheap to buy, insure and run day-to-day. The 108 1.0 Access 3dr, for example, falls into insurance group 6E, meaning that not only will it have a low premium, but also exceeds the security requirements for that group as signalled by the E.

Although a small car, the 108 and C1 can be had in 5dr guise for added practicality and its 196-litre boot space isn’t all that bad, either. CO2 emissions of just 98g/km mean that road tax shouldn’t be much of an issue, while a used model will come free of cost in this regard. Fuel will be just as less of a worry, with the 1.0 engine boasting an impressive 68.9mpg on the combined cycle.

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Best cars for young drivers - Picanto

Kia Picanto

In a similar approach to the 108/C1, the new Kia Picanto brings with it compact dimensions and a small engine. However, its internal cabin space might surprise you and offers and extra 60-litres’ of room in the boot over the French duo.

Also, you’ll benefit from an incredibly low insurance group of 4E for the 1.0 1 5dr; the Picanto being another car that boasts exceeded security requirements. Meanwhile, a combined economy of 64.2mpg means you won’t spend too much time at the petrol station. Lowly emissions of 101g/km also bring a welcome dose of efficiency.

Safety features on the Picanto include dual front and curtain airbags, emergency stop signal system and automatic door unlock in case of an impact.

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Best cars for young drivers - Adam

Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall’s smallest car has been with us a few years now, but still offers young and new drivers with a funky and affordable entry point into motoring.

The 1.2 Jam can brag of a 4E insurance group (and that’s not the lowest in this list), so you know you’ll be able to get one of the best prices for your premium with the Adam. It might not be one of the fastest among its rivals, but with a solid economy of up to 53.3mpg and emissions of 125g/km of CO2, the Adam will certainly help you save some money.

However, the Adam certainly isn’t one for those who need space in the cabin and boot, so consider this when taking at look at the Luton firm’s most compact offering.

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Best cars for young drivers - Micra

Nissan Micra

The brand new Micra is one of the most stunning designs in this market of cars and is a clear departure from its predecessors. It’s also incredibly cheap to insure thanks to its 1E grouping for the 1.0 Visia 5dr.

To help it achieve this, Nissan has given the Micra the likes of a crash sensor, ABS/EBD and Brake Assist, front and rear curtain airbags and a forward emergency braking system. Micra drivers also benefit from an anti-theft immobiliser.

Emissions of just 103g/km of CO2 and economy in region of 60mpg mean that the new Micra looks to be the best all-round option for a young driver’s first car. Practicality is also present, thanks to the five-door arrangement and a generous 360-litre boot.

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Best cars for young drivers - Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Ford's new Fiesta, as you might guess, has taken numerous plaudits for being a great car to drive, but it also makes for a great first car.

Taking the new 1.1-litre Style, the Fiesta has a string of impressive numbers that will help you afford a very competent car for your first venture into motoring independence.

Firstly, an insurance group of 2E ensures one of the lowest premiums out there, while a combined MPG of 64.2mpg and low emissions help you save further. Elsewhere, you’ll benefit form a five-star Euro N-Cap crash safety rating.

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This is list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best cars for young drivers; you’ll find many other options across most other manufacturers, including the multitude of marques we cater for.


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