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Your first car as a new driver! It’s one of those firsts you’ll remember forever. You might not be able to afford that Lamborghini you’ve always drooled over, but your mates would never fit in the back of that thing anyway.
We've selected some of best first cars for young drivers based around helping you keep within a budget and to make the perfect addition to your lifestyle, and offer some handy advice on choosing your new wheels!
Remember that you may be a safe, considerate driver, but not everyone on the road is. Accidents do happen, and so you want a motor that will keep you as safe as possible. Since the year 2000, cars sold within the EU have to pass stringent Euro NCAP crash tests and are given an NCAP safety rating. Each car is awarded 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the best. You can check out the latest NCAP ratings for any car on their official website here .
We've chosen cars from leading manufacturers, specifically with young drivers’ needs in mind - so you’re able to find a selection of the best cars for young drivers all in one place!
To make the cost of your new car more affordable, we offer finance options with a representative APR of 9.9% (based on a 4 year Personal Contract Purchase). Finance is available from age 18 and subject to status. We’re happy for a 17 year old to be the main driver of the vehicle, but a parent or guardian will need to apply for the finance.
It’s hard to say what the best first car is for young drivers, so here are a few Marmalade favourites, chosen time and again by happy first time drivers:
Fiat 500 - looking for something quirky? The Fiat 500 stands out from the crowd with its unique retro styling. It’s perfect for vintage fanatics after a spritely driving experience, a 5-star NCAP safety rating and low emissions.
Vauxhall Corsa – since it launched in 1993 the Corsa has been consistently one of the most popular first-time cars on the market. Why? Sharp styling, affordable, immense fun to drive, loads of trim options and insurance group ratings as low as 2.
Vauxhall Adam – if you want a car with the personal touch, this is the hot hatch for you. More customisation options than any other car means that, inside and out, you can create a motor that’s truly unique. Basically Vauxhall’s answer to the MINI, it’s one of the freshest new superminis out there.
Ford Fiesta – the best selling car in the UK for a reason. Actually, several reasons. Arguably the best car Ford produces, it’s got oodles of space, handles like a dream, is cheap to buy, cheap to run, extremely reliable, looks great, and is one of the safest cars on the road to boot, with a stellar 5-star NCAP rating.
Skoda Fabia – the supermini to go for when it’s bags of space you’re after, the five-door Fabia is basically a bigger version of the popular VW Polo. Powered by a VW engine, it means low emissions, low fuel consumption and an impeccable reliability record. Recent surveys show that Skoda drivers are the most satisfied with their motors too.
Peugeot 108 – one of the newest superminis on the block, the 108 it the perfect city drive. Fantastic styling and absolutely crammed with high-tech kit, it’s great for first-timers who love their gadgets. It’s also surprisingly roomy despite its compact appearance thanks to some clever interior design flourishes, and handles brilliantly in tight urban spaces.