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We’ve shortlisted 6 of the best cars for first time drivers in 2019. Find out which car is your perfect match here.
Nov 01, 2019
Every friendship group has a quiet friend, a crazy friend, a responsible friend and so on. We’ve rounded up 6 cars that we think make the perfect friendship group to help you find your match… Which will you choose?
The party animal - it’s all in the name. Every journey you take in this car turns into a Fiesta in no time.
One of the most entertaining superminis to drive and a staple car on British roads, the Ford Fiesta has earned its title as the UK’s bestselling car. It is undeniably one of the best small cars in the market and it achieves this reputation through sporty styling, a punchy performance and remarkable handling precision. The Fiesta is an absolute dream to drive thanks to Ford’s advanced EcoBoost engine technology and comfort levels that exceed expectations due to an up-to-date interior complete with a state-of-the-art infotainment system.
It also happens to be one of the most economical small cars available today as a result of low carbon emissions, competitive fuel consumption and low running costs. Over the years we have witnessed the Ford supermini develop into a car that we can all see ourselves driving and the increase of space has turned this compact hatch into a family friendly motor.
You’ll find that the interior now enjoys an extra 16mm of kneeroom in the back and whilst that doesn’t sound like a huge improvement, it puts the Ford Fiesta on par with the VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza – two cars that you would generally envision to be bigger in comparison. A 292-litre boot space is offered which can be transformed into a 1,093-litre storage area when rear seats have been folded down.
A range of driving assistance technology such as Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assistance come as standard with the option of purchasing additional safety packs to include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition and more.
Whatever you do, wherever you go, there is guaranteed fun in the Ford Fiesta.
Check out our Young Drivers exclusive offer on the Ford Fiesta 1.1 Zetec 5dr or the Ford Fiesta 1.1 Trend 3dr now!
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The small one that reassures you it’s not about size, but how you use it. And this time, we’re going to have to agree.
The Ford KA+, formerly known as the Ford KA, has gone through major redesigns since first launching in 1996. You may associate it with the 3-door subcompact supermini but in today’s world, the KA+ is a 5-door small car which fits in to the same segment as its older brother – the Fiesta.
Now bigger than ever, the KA+ offers you a generous 270 litres of boot space (as opposed to its previous 220-litre luggage area) and a cabin that can comfortably seat four 6-foot adults. But like we said, it’s not about size, it’s how you use it… Split your rear seats down and you can get 849-litres out of your KA+ easily and take advantage of the raised front seats which give your passengers in the back a clever place to tuck their feet under.
Drivers of the KA+ will enjoy smooth ride and handling with positive steering and a relatively long wheelbase for added stability at higher speeds. One of the main attractions of buying the KA+ though is the fact that it’s cheap to run. The 1.2-litre 85bhp engine on the Zetec model will return a respective 56.5mpg and falls under group 5 for insurance.
It may not be the SUV you’ve been dreaming of, but it’s a treat to drive, fantastic value for money and perfect for cruising around the city in.
Check out our Young Drivers exclusive offer on the Ford KA+ 1.2 85 Zetec 5dr now!
The ride or die. May not be the biggest or the fastest car, but it’s reliable and will be there for you when the rain starts to pour.
The Kia Picanto took home City Car of the Year 2019 (What Car?). The trendy hatchback perfectly blends together youth, style and fun-to-drive dynamism - it’s a great choice for anyone looking to buy a reliable motor that won’t break the bank. The Picanto comes with safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and a Reversing Camera System which displays itself on the 7-inch floating touchscreen.
The interior is geared up for comfort and comes equipped with a modernised infotainment system that keeps you connected to the outside world with real-time traffic updates and effortless navigation. You’ll also enjoy handy features such as wireless phone charging, so you never have to worry about packing your phone charger again!
A 255-litre boot space provides you with all the room you need for your weekend adventures as well as your day-to-day activities – whether that’s all your sporting equipment or your latest shopping trip. The Picanto also has a high fuel return pumping out 61.4mpg.
Kia also happens to be the only car manufacturer in the whole of Europe that offers a 7-year warranty, which says a lot about the quality and confidence of Kia vehicles. It also means that if you go on to sell your Picanto, for example, 3 years down the line, the 4 remaining years will be transferred to your buyer and the value of your car will not depreciate as much as other competitors.
The Picanto is dependable, consistent and offers 7 years of worry-free adventure.
Check out our Young Drivers exclusive offer on the Kia Picanto 1.0 2 5dr now!
The underdog. Often gets overlooked at first glance but once you take it for a test drive, you know it’s the one for you.
The Kia Rio is a car not talked about as much as other hatchbacks on the market, and we just can’t understand why. In terms of its shape and style, it can be compared to the likes of an Audi A1 but luckily it won’t burn as big of a hole in your pocket!
The head-turning hatchback sports aerodynamic lines and contours to make it look as vibrant and exciting as it feels when you drive it. It’s as stylish on the inside as it is on the out and definitely a car you’ll want to show off whenever you can.
The 4th generation Kia Rio receives turbocharged engines and a lot more space to successfully refine driving performance and increase comfort levels. This paired with a driver-focussed cockpit and what you get is a car suited to your personal needs.
Stacked with innovative tech, the Kai Rio supplies you with driving intelligence you didn’t even know you needed. Drive confidently using the Rio’s Cruise Control and Speed Limiter setting as well as knowing both Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Departure Warning systems are in place. Not to mention the Rio is also offered with Kia’s unbeatable 7-year warranty!
The Kia Rio - it’s a truly underrated model.
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The hipster. A car you no longer hide in your garage. It’s cool now
The rise of the Micra is one we have loved to watch and dates all the way back to 1983. We think it’s safe to say the Nissan Micra wasn’t exactly the coolest car on the block, in fact, if you were an avid Inbetweeners fan you’d know that Jay was the only person who did think it was cool. But things have changed drastically over the years and the latest Micra has indisputably shaken things up…
The new generation Nissan Micra looks nothing like its boxy predecessors with an immediate redesign in exterior and interior styling. A new aggressive and contemporary structure adds tonnes of personality to the sporty hatchback making it much more desirable and alluring to drive. It’s even gone on to win several awards with the latest being ‘New Car of the Year’ and ‘Supermini Car of the Year’ at the 2019 First Car awards.
David Motton, Editor of First Car magazine, explained "The Nissan Micra is a worthy winner of both the Supermini of the Year and the New Car of the Year titles. We're delighted that Nissan has made big car safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking standard on the Micra. What's more, fuel efficient engines and low insurance groupings make the Micra affordable to run, even on a tight budget."
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Check out our Young Drivers exclusive offer on the Nissan Micra 1.0 IG 71 Acenta 5dr now!
The social butterfly. Full of spontaneous adventures. Liked by everyone.
Small but lovable, the Mazda2 will help you explore the city in a way you’ve always wanted to see it. Not only is it quick and agile but its sophisticated styling and Skyactiv engine technology will elevate your driving experience the very second you step inside.
The Mazda2 is lively and playful and carries itself with class. It looks good from every angle and feels great in every gear. You’ll enjoy light and precise steering as well as reduced noise and vibrations on account of a specially refined Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture chassis, tyres and seats. In other words, you’ll only feel and hear the vibrations you want to.
What’s more, the Mazda2 benefits from exceptional i-Activsense safety features that include Advanced Smart City Brake Support and Lane Keep Assist. It also went on to earn the full NCAP 5-star safety rating reiterating just how confident you can be when driving Mazda’s supermini model.
Despite looking fancy, the Mazda2 is relatively cheap to run - it returns around 48mpg and falls under insurance group 13. But don’t let that scare you in comparison with the other cars named in this list – the Mazda’s entry level SE-L trim is offered with a engine bigger than those listed above so it’s only expected.
If you’re looking for an attractive small car with a well-made interior and an enjoyable driving experience, the Mazda2 may be the car for you.
Compare Best Small Cars For Young Drivers
Use the table below to easily compare between our best small cars for young drivers!
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