How to Choose a Car as a New Driver

When you have just passed your test, it’s all about the excitement. You have a freedom that you never had before, and you can now get out and about without any hassle. It can be all too easy to jump in head first and choose a car that’s not right for you, just so you have one to drive around. Don’t do that, as it’s a decision you will need to stick with for a long time, and you want to make sure it suits your needs. We’ve listed some of the things you should be looking to do as a new driver when selecting your first car.

Things to Consider

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Of course, cost is a factor, you need to make sure that you find something that’s within your budget. It could be that you have a set amount to spend, and you need to purchase a car within that money. Another major factor is safety. Nobody wants to be in a car that’s unsafe – so although you might want something that’s more affordable, don’t ever compromise safety. Another thing that you will definitely need to bear in mind is the running costs of the car you choose. There are lots of things you need to think about here such as road tax, insurance and fuel. Insurance in particular can be a costly one if you are a new driver.

Some of the Best Cars around for New Drivers

Here we have picked out some of the best cars that you may want to check out as a new driver. We’ve selected ones that fit into the criteria we mentioned above in terms of affordability, safety etc.

Ford Transit Custom

The question is: 'is the Ford Transit Custom the bestselling van in the world'? It’s most definitely up there and is the bestselling van in the UK for sure. If you are looking for something that has a lot of space, perhaps you may need it to transport goods or for other practicality purposes. It’s a great all-round van and has just had a bit of a facelift, so is looking better than ever. It has some great high-tech safety equipment, so you can rest assured you are in for a safe ride.

Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto looks stylish and sporty. It is a little bit cheeky looking, and definitely works well if you live in the city. It is reliable and practical which makes it a perfect choice for a new driver. It has the advantage of having features of a big car, but in the package of a small car. It has some great equipment including inputs for your USB cables, a touchscreen sat nav, electric front windows and more.

Ford Fiesta

Ford launched the Fiesta in 2017, and it is now looking better than ever. If you have a little bit more money to spend, then this is a great choice. It’s the bestselling car in the country which gives you an idea of its popularity – and is incredibly easy to drive which is why it’s perfect for new drivers. It has some fantastic technological features which appeal to the younger generation such as SYNC voice activation and has 3 doors. It is diesel which means much lower fuel consumption – but there are petrol versions which are pretty efficient.

Volkswagen Polo

This car is a little tame, but that could be exactly what a first-time driver is looking for. It fits somewhere in-between the VW Golf, and the VW Up!. It is one of the more affordable cars within the VW range, which also may be more attractive for new drivers. There is lots of leg room in the back if you will be having lots of passengers, and it is incredibly fun to drive.

Hyundai i10

Although it’s not the most stylish car there is, the Hyundai i10 is a fantastic all-round car. It is roomy, and a great starter car to build your confidence after you pass your test. Just like the Kia Picanto – you get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the technological advancements. You can find air conditioning, electric windows, air conditioning, a sat nav, Bluetooth and more. It is competitively priced too, so should be affordable to most new drivers.

If you are a first-time driver and looking for your first car, make sure you do a bit of research on the model you have chosen to ensure it has a good reputation, and choose a reputable company when purchasing or leasing it. It’s a big decision and one you will only make once.