Passing a driving test is a significant rite of passage for youngsters, signalling an end to reliance on public transport or the parental taxi service.
Choosing a car for a young driver though can be tricky. There are many modern, reliable options that are cheap to run, the biggest cost for a young driver will always be insurance https://www.telegraph.co.uk/insurance/car/average-cost-to-get-a-young-driver-on-the-road-5000/, so it’s important to look at the insurance group.
1 Ford Ka
The Ka has been around for a long time. It’s basic but that’s reflected in its low price and low running costs and an insurance rating of group one or two for most models. It’s compact and easy to park.
2 Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo
These three cars are all built on the same platform, so they share the same qualities of being easy to drive and park, and cheap to run. Though they are all the same under the skin there are differences in specification and looks, so your choice may come down to whether you like the traditional look of the Peugeot or the funkier Citroen or Toyota. There are plenty of used examples on the market so take advantage of the dealer’s motor trade insurance quotemetoday.co.uk to test more than one make and model.
3 Hyundai i10
The i10 is affordable and well equipped. It also has the peace of mind of a five-year warranty and a tough chain-cam engine. 1.0-litre models are capable of delivering over 60 mpg. The long warranty makes the i10 an attractive second hand buy and many versions qualify for annual VED of £30 or less. The Kia Picanto is essentially the same car under the skin and comes with an even longer seven-year warranty.
4 Skoda Citigo
The Citigo’s Volkswagen Up heritage means it’s well made. It also ticks all of the boxes for compact size and economical running. A big plus for young drivers, and their parents, is that the Skoda is available with lots of safety features including automatic city braking on some versions.
5 Fiat 500
If you want a stylish first car, then a Fiat 500 delivers. Its compact size makes town driving and parking easy, road tax and running costs should be low. There are lots on the market, look for a 1.2 rather than the sportier Twin-Air.