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New Cars 2023

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

A stylish city car that’s driven by a 134bhp electric motor, drawing power from a 50kWh battery. The maximum range in ideal conditions is just over 220 miles.

Toyota Aygo X

Toyota Aygo X

The Toyota Aygo X is here to prove that there’s still a place for small, affordable city cars – and they don’t have to be electric to be fun, simple and cheap to run.

Seat Ibiza

With its range of frugal petrol engines on offer, fuel, insurance and road tax (or VED, if you prefer) costs are all favourable and we averaged about 52mpg on our road test. Servicing bills on the previous model are anecdotally low, too.

seat ibiza
Volkswagen Up!

Volkswagen UP!

he Volkswagen Up is as good as city cars get. It’s enjoyable to drive thanks to a smooth ride, alert handling and excellent refinement, while its style, and quality also make it desirable.

Dacia Sandero

Affordability is the Dacia Sandero’s biggest selling point and this all-new version is still the cheapest new car you can buy. That alone is enough for some people but this new Sandero is also a much more stylish and well-built car, with lots of space.

renault zoe e-tech electric

Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric

For our money, the Renault Zoe is one of the best electric cars yet. It combines a grown-up and relaxing driving experience with good quality and practicality, and it’s affordable to buy and own. Just make sure you can live with the limited range.

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto are popular as compact city cars, with decent boot space and enough space for four people to ride in relative comfort. These five-door hatchbacks (a three-door option was available in the second-generation Picanto) have won our praise over the years for mature styling inside and out, as well as the light controls and easy parking.

kia picanto
Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ Fortwo

If ever a car was destined to be electric, surely it’s the Smart EQ Fortwo – a tiny two-seater that’s most at home in clogged, smogged cities. Its famed ability to park nose-to-kerb will also appeal to anyone who’s ever spent what feels like hours hunting around for a suitable space.

Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia offers a lot of space inside, clever storage solutions and a quiet drive. There are four trim levels and five petrol engines on offer. Skoda’s key strengths as a brand are practicality and value. It’s part of the Volkswagen group.

2022 skoda fabia

Models shown for illustrative purpose only.

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