Congratulations, you’ve passed your driving test - or at least you’re well on your way! Once you’ve torn up your L plates and received your shiny pink licence, it’s probably time to start thinking about some new wheels.
You’ll probably want a car that’s relatively compact; ideally something that’s small enough to make parking a breeze, but big enough to feel sturdy and safe, with good driving position and view of the road.
Other factors to consider are engine size, running costs and fuel efficiency. As a new driver, the cost of insurance may be at the forefront of your mind, so we took this into consideration when compiling our list.
Top tip: It’s always worth double-checking the cost of insurance before making a final decision – the last thing you want is to get a great deal on a car and then get stung by high insurance premiums.
Of course, you’ll want a new car that looks great too, with those extra features that make driving fun.
With all these things in mind, here are our top 10 cars for new drivers.
As the name would suggest, this little gem is perfect for city driving. It boasts a small but zippy 1.0 litre engine, excellent visibility, good handling and a deceptively spacious interior. Hailed as a good all-rounder, this fun little number is cheap to run as well.
The Fiesta was the best-selling car of 2017 and is often praised for its practicality, affordability and driveability. Compact, yet boasting a spacious interior, this is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a comfortable car that’s both nice to drive and cheap to run.
A stylish-looking compact car, the 208 has been rated highly for safety. Its six airbags, speed limiter, tyre pressure monitors and stability control make it a car you'll feel safe and confident driving. You can expect cheap running costs with this one too.
Spacious and great value for money, the Hyundai i10 is a great choice for a first car. Five doors (and seats!) as standard and a generous boot make this a practical car, and its height makes it a comfortable ride, even for tall drivers! Plus, it falls into insurance group one, which is a definite bonus.
A sturdy and sensible option, this is a car that has a reputation for quality and reliability. Its design is simple, but classy, and it’s surprisingly spacious. If you steer clear of the GTI, you can expect low insurance costs too.
How could the iconic MINI not be on our list? Combining quality, classic retro styling and an efficient engine, this car offers a great driving experience while looking awesome at the same time.
Just don’t drive down any stairs!
This city car boasts fun, stylish design and driveability. This, combined with its low insurance group, make it a solid choice for the new driver who wants affordability, without compromising on looks.
Interesting features include distinctive split headlights and eye-catching colourful striped trim.
The Aygo handles really well, making it an enjoyable car to drive. Its quirky design makes it well-suited to younger drivers and it certainly makes a bold statement on the road. Modern, lightweight and compact with relatively low running costs (falling in insurance groups six and seven), this is definitely a strong contender for first time buyers.
Arguably one of the cutest cars on the road, the Fiat 500's range of colours includes the gorgeous (and very popular!) mint green. *Insert a million heart eyes emojis!* You’ll be sure to turn heads in one of these 1950s inspired retro beauties.
Affordable to run and lovely to drive, this is a car that’s beautiful inside and out.
If you want a car that’s fun, stylish and offers a smooth and comfortable driving experience, the ADAM is your guy.
Higher spec models boast Vauxhall IntelliLink, a touchscreen interface with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, for all your infotainment needs.
Another handy little feature is ‘City Mode’, which offers lighter steering for greater manoeuvrability – perfect for parking in tight spaces!
Fun fact: The ADAM is named after Opel (what Vauxhall is known as on the Continent) founder, Adam Opel. So that explains the odd name then!
Creditplus now offer Credit+1 guarantor loans. If you're a first time buyer or have previously been unable to secure finance on your own, this could be an option for you. You'll need someone - that is, a family member, friend or co-worker (it doesn't have to be someone that lives with you) - to apply with you as your guarantor.