The Renault Clio has been named as the best new first car in an annual awards looking to celebrate the best models for new drivers.

More than 38,000 young drivers voted for their favorites, along with FirstCar judges, with the latest Renault Clio being named best New Car of the Year. High praise was awarded for its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, which makes it one of the safest small cars around, along with its low fuel bills and insurance premiums.

Vincent Tourette, managing director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “We’re immensely pleased to accept this award and it’s an excellent illustration of how the Clio is the perfect vehicle for drivers who are excitedly setting out on their motoring journey.

“For over 30 years the Clio has been at the forefront of stylish supermini design and the latest generation epitomises how the model delivers a drive that is as safe as it is engaging, while also providing owners with optimum value and advanced features that are often reserved for more expensive cars.”

When it came to used cars, the second-generation Hyundai i20 (on sale between 2015-2020) was named as the Best First Car, being applauded for being simple to drive, practical, reliable and also coming with a long warranty.

FirstCar also asks young drivers what is their ‘most wanted’ car, with the Audi A1 scooping the win for new models, while the popular Mini Hatch being named the most desirable used car.