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Three of the Best Cars for First-Time Drivers

 

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve recently passed your driving test. If so: congratulations! Passing the test isn’t an easy feat; in fact, more than 50% of people that take a driving test fail on their first try. But now you’re on the other side and ready to hit UK roads in a safe and legal manner. But despite your newfound legality, you might not be so confident in picking out the right first vehicle for yourself.

With little experience behind the wheel other than your instructor’s car, you might not know which models are the most forgiving for new drivers – or which ones are most cost effective. We’re here to help, though. Here, we’ll run through some of the basics of owning your first car, as well as notable models that are a great choice for the new driver.

On Maintenance, and Choosing Your First Car

A car is more than just a one-off purchase. It is practically a living thing and requires regular care to keep it in tip-top condition. On top of regular check-ups and oil replacements, you’ll need to be ready to book your MOT online each year to ensure your car is legally safe to drive on UK roads. Also be prepared for other running costs, whether road tax or fuel and the cost of tyres.

There are many factors that dictate whether a car is suitable for a new driver, but often the most important one is comfort. Make sure you see every car you’re considering in person and take some time to sit in the driver’s seat. If test rides are possible, take one. If it feels right to you, it is right for you! We’ll take a look at some popular models for first-time drivers, and the reasons for their suitability.

Fiat 500

The new Fiat 500s have achieved the impossible, by improving on their 20th century predecessors with a modern-yet-timeless design. They are surprisingly powerful and incredibly comfortable, making for one of the most stylish first-car offerings on the market. It was also the winner of Auto Express magazine’s City Car of the Year award in 2021 – an accolade it richly deserves.

Renault Clio

The Renault Clio is a nippy vehicle, with a surprising amount of boot space hidden in its diminutive form.The new Clio models are among the safest to drive and the cheapest to insure and boast a wide array of tech options inside. As an all-rounder, the Clio is an excellent place to start.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is an absolute classic when it comes to affordable first-time vehicles in the UK. Since the 90s, the hatchback model has been a regular feature on British streets, and for great reason: Fords are reliable and hardy, while the Fiesta model is an economical option both in terms of up-front cost and fuel usage.

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