What is The Ideal Car for a New Driver?

New drivers are on the road every day. Did you know…

  • An 18 year-old driver is three times more likely to be involved in a collision than a 50 year-old.
  • 20% of new drivers have a collision within six months of being on the road.
  • New drivers have more crashes in the evenings and early mornings.

The three highest costs for any new driver considers first and foremost are insurance, initial cost of vehicle and upkeep. A reliable, cheap vehicle that doesn’t cost the earth to run is the ideal combination for any new driver.

But which car to choose? Here a few options for you to consider:

Ford Fiesta


Currently, 1 in every 4 cars sold in the UK is a Ford Fiesta. It’s not difficult to see why it’s such a popular car for new drivers. It’s got a great track record, it’s a smaller car and it comes in the best insurance group you can get.

Insurance Group – 1
From - £10,000

Citroen C1


The Citroen C1 is one of the most reliable cars on the market. An excellent starter car, it’s one of the most affordable and cheapest to run. Offering excellent fuel consumption, there’s no tax to pay also. Basically, if you want a low-powered motor that gets you from A to B, try the C1.

Insurance Group – 1
From - £8,000

Hyundai i10


The Hyundai i10 is a city car that looks really stylish, whilst still offering low running costs and a great purchase price. Again, it benefits from the lowest insurance group you can get, along with decent mileage of 65mpg. A sporty gem.

Insurance Group – 1
From - £8,000

Seat Mii


Another city car, the Seat Mii is very sporty, highly stylish and benefits from being affordable across the board. It’s less than £10,000 (ideal for new drivers), has the lowest insurance possible, excellent fuel economy at 70mpg, and tax is only £20 per year.

Insurance Group – 1
From - £9,500

New drivers tend to go down two roads

The first path are for those who are happy (for the moment) to be placed on the insurance of family members and their cars. They can’t choose the car they drive, but they are happy to just be on the road. This works out to be less expensive in the short term, but it will mean that you driver is not building up their own no claims discount on their own policy

The other path a new driver may take is one facing the challenging challenge of choosing their own vehicle. This option requires a large financial commitment, but ultimately, it works out a lot better in the long run as they will own their own car and will be building up a no claims record on their own policy.

Safety-wise, all the cars here have the best in driver protection systems. Just because something is affordable, doesn’t mean corners are cut on the features. New drivers will always benefit from smaller, low powered vehicles for their first car. Until a reasonable length of no claims insurance is built up, you’ll find these types of cars perfect for day-to-day driving. What do you think new drivers should be looking out for in their first car?

To find out about protecting yourself further as a new driver, contact Warrantywise to see how they can help with warranty extension. Just call 0800 001 4990 or email sales@warrantywise.co.uk.


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