If you’ve just passed your driving test and you’re living in London, then the so-called supermini (small hatchback) could be just the car you’re looking for. They’re small and nippy, and are cheap to buy, run and insure; a practical choice for anyone who wants a fun drive without breaking the bank.
Driving a diesel supermini can prove incredibly good fuel economy, but they’re likely to be pricier upfront; whether it’s worth splashing the extra depends on whether you’re likely to be driving long enough distances to offset the initial cost.
We’ve picked out some of the best models for newly passed drivers – which would you pick?
The Ford Fiesta is a car that’s reliable and if you’re new behind the wheel, that should be a serious draw. It also offers great handling, making it a lot of fun. It’s a top-seller for a reason, and with the range of models available it makes an excellent entry-level vehicle.
Audi drivers have something of a reputation amongst motorists, so whether that’s an image you want to buy into is up to you to decide! The A1 is an incredibly stylish car and a fun drive but you could find insurance costs to be very high as a new driver – to keep them lower, opt for a smaller engine size.
The ultimate choice for a new driver with an affinity for classic British brands, the Mini may not be the most practical vehicle on this list, but it sure is fashionable. It also has a good resale value, so it’s a good option if you think you might want to upgrade in the not too distant future.
Compact on the outside with plenty of space inside, cheap to insure if you pick a model at the lower end of the scale, and unlikely to throw up any serious maintenance issues; the Peugeot 208 is a keeper.
A perfect city car, the Corsa delivers on looks and if you buy one of the newer models you’ll find plenty of hi-tech gadgets to play with. Younger new drivers who like to feel like they’re ahead of the curve will love it – and love that it’s an affordable car that’s cheap to run too.