The best cars for first time drivers

Skoda CitigoSo now that you’ve finally passed your practical test your can start to think about what your first car will be.

The ideal car for a new buyer needs to be reliable, safe, and inexpensive, but you also want it to be fun to drive. Here are the three best all-rounders in the current marketplace.

Skoda Citigo

Awarded the 2014 City Car of the Year by Auto Express, the Skoda Citigo is available in either a three or five-door model. All versions have the same eager 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, with the choice of 59bhp or 74bhp. The compact and light dimensions make it ideal to buzz around the town, but it’s also surprisingly comfortable when it comes to travelling on the open road. The Citigo also achieved a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests, making it the best in its category.

Vauxhall Corsa

Many first time drivers will already be familiar with the Vauxhall Corsa given its popularity among driving schools. To combat the Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost, Vauxhall has introduced its own 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that’s available with either 89bhp or 113bhp. Vauxhall claims fuel economy of 57.6mpg and 115g/km of CO2 for the 113bhp version while the 89bhp model fares slightly better with 65.7mpg and 100g/km. The Corsa also achieved a four-star Euro NCAP rating, with many of its safety issues not equipped as standard. One feature is the Technical Pack, which adds cruise control as well as front collision and lane departure warning systems.


The new MINI, now in its third generation, brings with it a premium, both in terms of the upfront cost and higher insurance rates. It’s the most attractive of the three, though, with it’s iconic look and stylish interior. It’s also the most fun to drive. Both the three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been designed and engineered solely by BMW for the first time and bring an impressive 58.9mpg. It comes with a full range of six as standard as well as three ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, plus traction control and anti-lock brakes. The optional adaptive cruise control also features a collision mitigation function.

With great deals in used outlets like Exchange & Mart, finding the right car often isn’t the problem. It’s finding a vehicle that you can insure for a reasonable amount as well. Focus on vehicles that are in the lower insurance categories for the best rates.

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