There are few better feelings than passing your driving test and getting that pink piece of plastic in your hands. Whether you are a smug first time passer or a relieved multi-test taker, being allowed to get on the road on your own is an incredible feeling. But it can also be scary.
Leaving the safety of your instructor’s vehicle can be a daunting prospect. And if you don’t have the option to drive your parents’ car, then you’ll need to head out on your own. So which cars are the best for new drivers? Here are our seven picks to help get you on the road.
Being a new driver, you want a car that makes driving as easy as possible. The Hyundai i10 is one such vehicle (pictured above), thanks to its smart well-rounded design. As a new driver, you’ll probably spend most of the time in urban areas, so the i10’s smart handling will make you feel at ease. It’s also very economical, so you won’t be too out of pocket every time you fill up.
Where as once the Volkswagen Golf was the car of choice for new drivers, the Volkswagen Up! has supplanted it as the VW for new drivers. A great small city car, it also has a low price, so you’ll have more money to spend on the high insurance costs for new drivers. Air con, DAB and electronic stability control as standard make it a great option for all drivers, never mind new.
There are two reasons why the Ford Fiesta is on this list. The first is because it is one of the best all-round models on the market, making it a great car for all levels of driver, not just new. With excellent safety ratings, a smart drive, and plenty of optional extras to choose from, you can’t go wrong with the Fiesta. The second reason? Its popularity means there are a whole load of Fiestas on the secondhand car market, so you’ll be able to find one at a good price.
Price is always going to be a factor for new drivers. So being able to afford a new car is often not an option. The good news is that the Dacia Sandero is one of the most affordable new cars on the market. But don’t let its low price make you think corners are being cut. It’s a good drive with plenty of features to keep you comfortable.
The Renault Clio is one of the best-looking small cars on the market, so you’ll get style points for a start. It’s also fun to drive, nippy enough through corners and city streets. It falls into the lowest insurance group too, saving you money there. Plus it’s packed full of safety features to give you that extra peace of mind.
Another good-looking small car, the Kia Picanto is a sportier option for the new driver. It’s also filled with top comfort and entertainment tech like heated seats and smartphone connectivity, whether you have an Apple or Android device. It’s also one of the most reliable cars on the market, meaning you hopefully won’t be left too broke after the MOT!
But if you really want to win the style competition, then the Fiat 500 is the top choice. An iconic remake of an iconic car, the 500 is not just about its looks. The high seating position gives you a great view of the road. And as well as being fun, it’s cheap to run too!