If you’ve been learning to drive and have just successfully passed your driving test, you’ll no doubt be looking forward to the freedom and opportunities that having a car can bring you. However, getting on to the open road can be expensive, so if you’re looking for your first car you’ll no doubt want to keep prices as low as possible.
These are a few suggestions for cars that are both cool and affordable.
A used Hyundai i20 will initially set you back around £5,000, but from there you can expect minimal outgoings. The most environmentally friendly Hyundai i20 is in tax band C, meaning its road tax will cost you much less than many other cars. It’ll also be a much cheaper car to insure, as it’s in insurance group 8 (these are ranked from 1-50, with the lower groups giving lower premiums). While this car is one of the most affordable, it’s also one of the safest with a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.
The Suzuki Swift might not be to everyone’s taste, but for many people the £3,000 price tag on a used model is enough to turn heads. Despite the fact it looks like a bit of a boy racer’s car, it’s a safe vehicle to drive with a 4 star rating, and it belongs in a very low insurance group (3). The more energy-efficient models are in band C, and so will also be cheap to tax.
Low emission Vauxhall Corsa models are in tax band A, which can be taxed for free. If that wasn’t good enough, you’re also assured one of the lowest insurance premiums around thanks to the fact it belongs in insurance group 1. Then there’s the impressive safety credentials – a 5 star Euro NCAP rating. If you thought the asking price must be a disappointment you’re in for a surprise – at £3,000 it may be hard to beat a used Vauxhall Corsa.