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Buying your first vehicle is an exciting prospect, yet with so many models on offer, deciding on the right car to buy can often make you forget all the initial excitement. Yet it needn’t be a difficult process – you just need to take time to consider what you’re looking for and what you can afford. Typically, the best cars for first-time buyers are:
With these factors in mind, we’ve listed ten of the best cars for first-time buyers to help you get started with your search.
The award-winning Skoda Citigo is a fantastic city car that’s compact on the outside and comfortable on the inside, featuring a surprising amount of room for four adults to sit comfortably. It’s fun to drive and comes with good safety features, especially in the above entry-level models that come with ESP, six airbags and autobrake options.
USED PRICES FROM £3,000
One of the bestselling cars in the UK, the latest Ford Fiesta oozes driver appeal with its stylish looks. The interior features sophisticated technologies, like SYNC 3 voice activation, and a floating tablet-style infotainment display. Safety systems include lane-departure warning and assistance, while there are optional add-on extras, such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and active parking assistance.
USED PRICES FROM £300
This 5-door hatchback is one of the best city cars on the market. It’s an agile car to drive that comes equipped with electric windows, air-conditioning and a stereo with MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth. The compact size of the Hyundai i10 makes it easy for parking and navigating city streets, whilst the interior is spacious with a 252-litre boot and folding rear seats.
USED PRICES FROM £1,000
With a sleek design, the Peugeot 208 is a nice looking car that comes with a good set of features as standard, such as cruise control and Peugeot’s touchscreen entertainment system (which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility). There’s also the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 diesel model that boasts one of the world’s most economical car engines, offering 94.2 mpg.
USED PRICES FROM £1,800
The Volkswagen Polo is a popular model for buyers and it’s easy to see why. It’s a stylish supermini with excellent build quality, reliability and fuel efficiency. The latest models feature high-tech digital dashboard dials, touchscreen infotainment systems, autonomous emergency braking, ABS and a great range of engines to choose from, too.
USED PRICES FROM £400
With its sharp styling, the SEAT Ibiza is an impressive vehicle for first-time buyers. It not only looks great, but it’s economical, too. The car has a solid build featuring the VW Group’s latest MQB A0 platform meaning there are lots of high-tech safety features to choose from, such as pedestrian detection with auto braking and adaptive cruise control.
USED PRICES FROM £700
The latest Toyota Aygo is a distinctive car thanks to its compact size and a striking ‘X’ motif on its nose. The car can be heavily personalised with different parts and colours and is available in both three and five-door models with a variety of trims on offer. As well as that, it features a high driving position with good visibility, making it really easy to park.
USED PRICES FROM £700
The KIA Picanto rocks a sporty look that holds a sensible, yet fun driving experience. Every version comes with 6 airbags as standard, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child seat fixtures. There are additional add-on safety features, too, such as automatic emergency braking, which boost the car’s Euro NCAP safety rating.
USED PRICES FROM £500
The Citroen C1 hatchback is an efficient city car with a stylish exterior and an economical range of engines to choose from, all of which provide good mpg. It’s an ideal first car if you’re looking to avoid spending too much, as it’s cheap to run with reasonably priced trim levels and a generally low sale price.
USED PRICES FROM £800
The Suzuki Baleno is a spacious small car with bulky dimensions. It’s agile, decent to drive and reliable, too, with good mpg. The vehicle’s top selling point is arguably how well equipped it comes, offering sat-nav, Bluetooth, air-con and a DAB radio as standard, whilst top spec models come with keyless entry, climate control, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
USED PRICES FROM £7,000
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