We’ve done the research and found these are the top 10 new cars to buy for New Drivers (2020 Update).

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’s our top 10 new cars.


Dacia Sandero – From £6,995

The Dacia Sandero is the cheapest way to step onto the new-car ladder. There’s enough room for five adults and the boot is a useful 320-litres. The 73bhp, 998cc engine can return up to 54.3mpg with 117g/km of CO2. The entry level Access model is basic, there’s not even a radio, but you can’t argue with a starting price of £6,995.

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Vauxhall Corsa  – From £15,550

Of Corsa I’m gonna mention the Corsa in a new car guide as it’s a little cracker. It comes in 3 or 5 door versions with a full range of petrol and diesel engines.  The Corsa is available in 11 different trims and 4 different engines sizes. Insurance for a Corsa starts at group 3.

Toyota Aygo – From £13,140 

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. New models coming out in 2021 so you could pick up a great deal on a 2020 model!

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Peugeot 108 – From £12,785

The 108 is a stylish French fancy from Peugeot offering plenty of charm, there’s even a sexy onvertible model with plenty of customisation on offer.  Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ offer covers all the costs of motoring (except fuel) in one monthly payment and is even available for new drivers – although 18-20 year olds will need to have a telematics box fitted.

Fiat 500 – From £12,770

You’ll be sexy in the city in the Fiat 500. It’s full of retro charm and is the ultimate fashion accessory. But, don’t let the girls have all the fun as it’s great to drive and there’s a more macho S model, with a punchy 1.2-litre, 69bhp engine.  Insurance for a Corsa starts at group 9.

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Volkswagen Up – From £12,705

German reliability and build quality come as standard with all Volkswagen’s and for a first-time buyer, things are looking up! There’s seven trim levels and 3 or 5 door models powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 59bhp-113bhp and up to 68.9mpg plus an all-electric e-up! version.  Insurance for the Up starts at group 2.

Nissan Micra – From £14,500

The Nissan Micra is a popular first time buy and it’s back with a fresh new look. This is the best Micra ever, the 1-litre engine provides lively performance and it looks so cool. Basic model includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition. Insurance for a Micra starts at group 3.

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Hyundai i10 – £12,820

The baby of the Hyundai range is the i10 and it’s a little cracker. It offers value for money and comes with plenty of kit as standard and stay connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol engines with four trim levels on offer.  Also comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Kia Picanto – From £10,220

Kia’s cheapest model comes with five doors as standard, and you can choose between three petrol engines and a manual or automatic gearbox.  There’s a 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol engines with nine trim levels on offer.  Also comes with a 7-year 100,000 mileage warranty.

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Honda Jazz – From £13,140

The Jazz may look small from the outside but it offers surprising leg and head room and features Honda’s clever rear ‘magic seats’ that fold up for more storage.  There’s only a 1.3-litre engine option but it can return up to 61.4mpg and it’s safe too with a 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

We recommend that you shop around when buying a new car and find out what dealers are offering better prices and incentives.

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