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We’ve done the research and found these are the best cars to buy for New Drivers

Nothing compares to driving a brand-new car along the open road.

New drivers have never had it so good. Small cars no longer skimp on equipment so it’s common for them to be kitted out with high-tech goodies you’d find in a luxury car. The frugal, yet powerful petrol engines can return diesel-like economy. And safety is paramount for manufacturers so a new car offers better protection if you are involved in a crash.

Here Are Our Top 8 New Car Recommendations

Vauxhall Corsa-E

Of Corsa I’m gonna mention the Corsa in a new car guide as it’s a little cracker and now it’s electric. It comes in 3 or 5 door versions and if the electric isn’t for you it also comes with a full range of petrol and diesel engines prices starting from £19,085. Insurance for a Corsa starts at group 3.

Toyota Aygo X

Toyota Aygo X

The dramatic styling of the funky little Toyota Aygo features a front X motif but that’s OK as it really does have the X-factor. This model was released in 2022 so you might get a great deal on the 2021 and 2020 Aygo models! Insurance for an Aygo X starts at group 6.

Seat Ibiza

Released in 2021 this is a stylish super mini for any new driver, sometimes overlooked by its competitors the Fiesta or Corsa, the Ibiza is a strong choice with its economic running costs. Delivering up to 52mpg in the city and up to 69 out of town these ranges are not to be sniffed at in the current climate. With a 2024 version in the pipe line, we might see a price reduction in the current model. Starting at group 2 insurance this car gets more and more attractive!

seat ibiza
Volkswagen Up!

Volkswagen UP!

GERMAN reliability and build quality come as standard with all Volkswagen’s and for a first time buyer things are looking up! There are four trim levels and 3 or 5-door models powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 60bhp-90bhp and up to 64.2mpg plus an all-electric e-up! version. The only way is up for the Up with the insurance starting in group 1.

Dacia Sandero

THE Dacia Sandero is one of the cheapest ways to step onto the new-car ladder, and with the newly redesigned model, it’s hard to say no. There’s enough room for five adults and the boot is a useful 328-litres. The 90bhp can return up to 53.3mpg with 119g/km of CO2. The entry-level Essential model is no longer basic it is fully equipped with everything a new driver needs to start their journey on the road, of course with the option of additional extras! The insurance group for the Sandero starts at 2.

renault zoe e-tech electric

Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric

Built with sleekness in mind Renault has created something magnificent in the Zoe. With plenty of options, you can build your dream car in a few easy clicks. For an ‘R’ driver the battery offers a range of up to 239 miles out of town with a full charge taking anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, but don’t forget you do get rapid charge points if you need a quick boost. Falling into the 20-23 insurance group, be sure to price your insurance before making this purchase.

Kia Picanto

Presenting a stylish yet efficient model the Picanto will tick a lot of boxes for a new driver and with a 7-year warranty that has to be a big tick for all involved! This sporty model offers a 1.0 petrol engine giving you a range of 58.9mpg making it a smart contender. Starting at group 4 insurance it might prove to be a bit pricier than some of the previous candidates.

kia picanto

Hyundai I10

This sporty looking city slicker is a great contender for a first buyers car, with the interior appearing dull in comparison to its competitors this may reduce its appeal, especially to those who are after a funky look. The 2023 i10 comes in 3 models starting with a 1.0 petrol engine. An MPG of 52-55 may not be the best on this page but is still very respectful. What the i10 lacks in interior it makes up for it by falling into group 1 insurance.

Skoda Fabia

Skoda has come a long way over the years and Fabia is a great example of this. With its quirky design and colour options, it’s a great way to have something a little unique to you. Offering a 1.0 engine and up to 55.4 miles per gallon, this is a serious contender. Falling into group 8 insurance it is higher than some but always worth checking out!

2022 skoda fabia

Models shown for illustrative purpose only.

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