Whether you’re a teen buying your own car or a parent/guardian helping with the search, buying a car for the first time is an exciting rite of passage into adulthood and one which requires a lot of thought. To help you along the way, we’ve written a list of the Top 10 safest, most reliable, cheap and easy to drive vehicles for those taking their first steps out on to the road. Naturally, the best cars for teenagers have a lot in common with the best cars for new drivers, so it’s worth checking out our list of the best budget cars for first-time buyers too.

The Best Car Types for Teens

Typically, the best vehicles for teens are smaller, compact city cars and superminis. Thankfully, their smaller size means they are usually a lot cheaper to buy compared to other cars on the market, like SUVS and estates. Also, compact city cars and superminis tend to be:

  • Easier to manoeuvre, park and drive
  • Cheaper to run
  • Fuel efficient
  • Cheaper to insure
  • Cheaper to service
  • Great for building driver confidence

What Teens Should Look for in a Car

It’s worth noting that going for a smaller car doesn’t mean you have to cut back on quality. Lots of small cars can prove very spacious and comfortable. You can also find good levels of equipment in basic entry models too. You should opt for a car that:

  • Scores highly in safety tests with Euro NCAP
  • You find fun to drive
  • Provides the latest safety features and driver assists, like autonomous emergency braking
  • Offers the latest useful tech, from basics such as USB ports, to more advanced options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Has user-friendly controls
  • Has a responsive engine and agile handling

Top 10 Best Cars for Teenagers

Unless stated otherwise, all of the vehicles on this list scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. Similarly, the starting price of the entry level models featured ranges from £8k to £16k.  Whether you’re buying new or used, there are some brilliant and affordable deals available. You can also use our car finance calculator to find the right deal. Read on to discover our top 10 cars for teens.