6 of the best first cars for new drivers

29 Jun 2018

Can you remember what car you learnt to drive in? Chances are it was something horrendous and slightly embarrassing, which is fine.

We have nothing to hide at; some of the cars we learnt in include a Chrysler PT Cruiser, Austin Allegro and Metro CityRover.

These days, there aren’t any cars as unquestionably bad as those. This means people learning to drive or newly qualified drivers begin their life behind the wheel in a car that is at the very least mildly decent.

But which cars are the best for new drivers?

Skoda Citigo / Volkswagen up! / SEAT Mii

Here’s a riddle: when are three cars actually just one car? When it’s the Citigo/up!/Mii trio.

They may all wear different badges with different styling, but, beneath the surface, the cars are virtually identical.

Same engines, same suspension, same platform, same car - and what a car it is.
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Hyundai i10

Another great city car is the i10, which strikes a great balance of space, comfort, refinement and value.

For not very much money, you get a well-refined, well-built, super-comfy car. Its compact shape makes it great for whizzing around city centres.

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Kia Picanto

The same could be said for the city car from Hyundai’s sister brand Kia.

Now in its third generation, the Picanto boasts a more mature drive than ever before but it’s still fun, and packs a lot of kit into its diminutive size.
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Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has been Britain’s best-selling car every year since 2009 and there are no signs of that changing in the near future.

That’s because the Fiesta is the kind of car you could learn to drive in and just stick with throughout your entire motoring life. It does so much so well that it’s impossible to dislike.
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Volkswagen Polo

Ford’s Fiesta may be the best seller, but the Polo is perhaps the actual class leader, with a composed ride, top-notch interior and super-smart looks.
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Dacia Sandero

The largest car in this list and one of the cheapest too, ringing in at just under £7k on the road. You quite simply won’t get this much space and practicality in anything at this price.
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