Best first cars

Looking for your first car? Here’s what we think are the best first cars out there

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The best cars for new drivers

When it comes to choosing your first car, the choice can seem daunting! We’re here to help you figure out what could be a good first car for you, featuring some of our young drivers’ favourites – based on our top-selling cars.

Vauxhall Corsa



The popular Vauxhall Corsa is a favourite with young drivers. Fun and enjoyable to drive, yet safe and spacious, a Vauxhall Corsa is a great first car which will make you smile every time you get behind the wheel.

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Fiat 500



Looking for something a little quirky? The Fiat 500 stands out from the crowd with its unique retro styling yet modern driving style. Vintage looks with new car tech? It's the best of both worlds.

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Ford Fiesta



The Fiesta is the bestselling car in the UK for a reason, and arguably is the best car Ford produces. It's cheap to run, extremely reliable, looks great, and is one of the safest cars on the road.

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VW Polo



The ever popular Volkswagen Polo is a reliable, fun little car that's had a super slick facelift! It's roomy, full of tech, and is a great city car – the VW Polo is perfect for taking your mates out and about!

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Why buy your first car with Marmalade?

Free insurance for 12 months*

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No MOT for 3 years

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Manufacturer’s warranty

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Great finance options*

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A year’s breakdown cover

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How does it work?

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Choose your car

Browse our wide range of brand new cars to find the best one for you. Great news – car and insurance packages are available from age 17!
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Enter your age and postcode to get personalised offers. 12 months’ FREE Insurance is available in the majority of postcodes – where it’s not, we’ll offer you discounted insurance or cashback!
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It’s quick and easy to apply online, and finance can be approved within 10 minutes. Simply pay a small deposit, and if approved your new car will be with you before you know it!

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Best first car checklist

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Car insurance

Looking for a car in a low insurance group will help to keep running costs low. You can also ease the cost of insurance with a black box policy.

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Road tax

Road tax rules changed in April 2017, so remember to check how much tax your new wheels will cost you. Finance a car through Marmalade and your first year’s tax will be paid for!

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Check Miles per Gallon figures for the cars you’re considering. This will help you to work out what running costs may be. Remember, newer cars tend to be more fuel efficient.

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Safety is incredibly important – check your chosen cars NCAP safety rating, and check out other young drivers reviews to see what they think!

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