First Cars: The Best Cars For New Drivers

Everybody remembers their first car and lets be honest, the majority of first cars were not that good (apart from that one person whose parents bought them a brand new first car… No I am not bitter at all!). Getting an old banger of a car (sorry, ‘vintage’ I think it’s called these days) seems to be a thing of the past thanks to companies such as Marmalade or Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ scheme. These companies offer cheap finance options for new drivers to ensure they can have their first car shortly after passing their driving test. However, even with these types of initiatives there is still one small stumbling block… the dreaded insurance.

It was recently announced that drivers could be hit with an increase of £1000 on car insurance. We are in an era where car insurance is already extremely expensive for new drivers and unfortunately it is only going to increase. At Tyre Shopper, we know how important it is to be safe on the road. Owning your first car is not just about being able to drive all your friends to McDonald’s on your lunch breaks (well, it’s a big factor but not the only factor), it is also about taking ownership and pride for something, possibly the most valuable asset you may have ever owned.

We know that it’s hard being a new driver and not being able to afford your first car. Because of this, we have come up with a definitive list of affordable first cars for new drivers. All of these cars are in ‘Group 1’ car insurance. This means they cost the least to insure, making them the perfect first car for new drivers.


The Chevrolet Spark is the perfect first car for new drivers. As said previously, this is one of the cheapest cars to insure if you have just passed your driving test. This small and cheap car not only looks fantastic but also feels great to drive. This car is very safe and robust, ensuring you can feel confident driving, no matter the road conditions. For a small car, the Chevrolet Spark is extremely spacious so you can fit yourself and four friends (if you have that many) in with no problem at all. According to Parkers, the price of the Chevrolet Spark is between £1,000-£2,000. Bargain.


Not only is the Citroen C1 extremely cheap to insure, it also looks great. In terms of fuel, this car’s fuel efficiency is fantastic to ensure that not only is your insurance cheap, but your fuel costs are too. To top this car off, you can get the Citroen C1 is some fantastic colours, making this car an all-round fantastic first car for new drivers. The price of the Citroen C1 can vary and dealers, franchised dealers and independent dealers all offer different prices for the Citroen C1- so make sure you keep on the lookout for the best deal.


The Skoda Fabia has been rated 4/5 stars in Auto Express, one of the most reputable online car magazines. This car comes with 5 doors meaning there is no hassle getting your friends in and out of the back of the car. This car radiates style, with fantastic handling, looks great and also nippy from the off. You can do a lot worse than considering the Skoda Fabia as your first car. The robust nature of the car ensure maximum levels of control when driving, ensuring a positive driving experience, no matter the conditions. Skoda offer a range of affordable prices if you are looking at purchasing the Skoda Fabia as your first car.


The Vauxhall Corsa Expression has a 1 litre engine but it still nippy for its size. Obviously this is a personal preference but the Vauxhall Corsa Expression would be my number 1 choice of first car ( that is if I hadn’t already been lucky enough to be graced with a fifteen year old Nissan Micra). The Vauxhall Corsa looks great, is cheap to insure, cheap to drive and tax costs are low- can’t ask for much more from a first car can you? Auto Trader is one of the best sites if you are interested in purchasing a Vauxhall Corsa at an affordable price.


The Volkswagen Fox is a reliable first car for any new driver. Volkswagen have a reputation of creating dependable cars and this car certainly lives up to that billing. Not only is this car spacious and looks fantastic, it is also great on fuel, meaning like many of the other cars on this list, it is difficult to find a fault with the Volkswagen Fox. The Car Buyer has provided an in-depth review of the Volkswagen Fox so make sure you give that a read if this car takes your fancy.

Now you have seen the cheapest five cars for young drivers (in terms of insurance), which one would you choose to be your first car? If you are a new driver and are yet to purchase your first car then this article is bound to be helpful for you. If your parents are refusing to lend you money for a new car with the excuse “the insurance is too high”, show them this article then get onto Auto Trader and you can thank us later.

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