Best Cars for First-time Drivers


When you’re heading out onto the road for the first time, it makes sense to equip yourself with a vehicle that’s suited to new drivers. Such a vehicle should ideally be a car, and it should possess a few key attributes. 

First, it should be cheap to buy, run and insure. New drivers face steeper premiums, and thus it makes sense to look toward used cars rather than new ones.

When purchasing a vehicle it’s important to carry out a car history check. This comprehensive report provides historical information and typically includes details about vehicle’s ownership, mileage history, written off and finance details.

Second, it should be easy to drive. There’s no point in making the learning curve unduly steep. Finally, it should be safe. Around one in five new drivers are involved in a collision in the first year (which is why insurance is more expensive). Whatever you can do to minimise the risk is therefore worthwhile.

So, what are the more popular candidates for new drivers?

Hyundai i10

This Hyundai provides a slightly sporty take on the hatchback. It’s priced slightly above the competition, and the cabin is a little bit on the drab side. With that said, it’s roomy, and comes with a respectable complement of onboard tech. 

Volkswagen Polo

The Polo has long been among the more popular options in the ‘supermini’ class. It’s a premium option, thanks largely to the famous brand’s prestige. For the money you get a plush interior, but not a particularly roomy one. If you’re looking for something a little nippier, you might look at the Golf, instead.

Kia Picanto

This Kia is easy on the wallet, and comes with excellent interior space for the price. On the other hand, you’re not getting much in the way of power, which might make this a frustrating drive for many. For new drivers, this might not be such a bad thing, however.

Skoda Fabia

The Fabia is an established fixture in this market. The performance isn’t amazing, but it’s tidy enough – and this vehicle excels when it comes to efficiency and running costs. The interior is surprisingly sharp, too.

Toyota Aygo X

The ‘X’ version of the Aygo is a little bit of a wildcard, thanks to its distinctive looks. It’s a more recent entry into this end of the market, at a time when many manufacturers are looking to abandon it.

The Aygo X doesn’t offer much room in the rear – but if you’re a new driver, you’re unlikely to be carrying many passengers around. For motorway driving, it’s not the best option, as the road noise is still audible in the cabin.

With that said, if you can put up with the quirks, this is a vehicle that will hold an appeal that can’t really be replicated elsewhere. When it comes to cars for new drivers, you might do a lot worse!