Learning to drive is an important skill to have in your life.
Picking up the practical knowledge you require on the road and preparing for your theory test are vitally important. But while you’re in the midst of that process it’s also time to start thinking about your first car.
However, there are so many car models and brands to choose from and it can be a quite daunting challenge. Here’s some suggestions to help you on your way…
The Honda Jazz is an ideal car for new drivers, as it is economical. You wouldn’t want to spend all your money on fuel, would you? Don’t let its small size fool you either. The Honda Jazz is spacious enough to fit your friends for a drive in town. In addition, it also has rear folding seats for when you have to carry large items and is reliable.
If small cars aren’t your type, then maybe the Ford Focus is the perfect car for you. It has a sleek, modern design that will make you be the envy of your friends. In addition, it has comfortable seating for those long, out of town drives. The Ford Focus is also packed with great features such as Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, and voice-activated controls, which is perfect for the tech-savvy generation as they head out onto the roads. It’s Fiesta and Ka sister cars offer smaller options in the ever-reliable Ford range if you can’t quite manage a Focus.
Not planning on driving too far? Many new drivers don’t need to go far and wide but just need a set of wheels that will get them to work or college. The Skoda Citigo is the idea nippy runaround that not only fulfills that need but is also really cheap to insure. Insurance and tax are two more of the costs that need to be weighed up when purchasing a vehicle – new drivers may well want to factor those into their decision.
Have you seen lots of Vauxhall Corsas out and about? There’s a reason for that. These models are reliable, smooth to drive and affordable. They also hold on to their values well, meaning you won’t be snapping up a vehicle that is worth next to nothing in a couple of years. You can look for eco models if you want to save on your car tax too.
Looking for something affordable, economical, well-equipped and reliable? Tick all of those off with a Hyundai i10. Its 1.0-litre petrol engine can manage economy of 65.7mpg and emissions of 98g/km – ideal to cut down on the cost of fuel as you set off onto the roads alone for the first time.
That’s by no means an exhaustive list, but gives you a flavour for some of the most popular cars within your grasp as a new driver. It’s important to remember that, whatever you go for, there are some things worth avoiding.
Tiff Needell, presenter of Fifth Gear on Channel 5, recommends avoiding engines over 1.4 litres in size, cars with more than five seats, dark tinted windows and cars that have had non-standard modifications or are more than 20 years old. Keep that list in mind when you head out car shopping and you’ll avoid potentially costly pitfalls.