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Best first cars for new drivers 2018

The best first cars combine safety and style with affordability – both in terms of price and running costs. Here are our recommendations

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3. Vauxhall Corsa

The latest Corsa offers low running costs, an efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine and a spacious interior with plenty of equipment - in essence, the full package which first-time buyers will be looking for. It's pleasant to live with and there's a version to suit everyone.

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2. Volkswagen Polo

Low running costs and excellent build quality make the Polo a first car favourite. The engine and specification require careful consideration, though, if you're to avoid slipping up.

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1. Volkswagen Up

The Up is closely related to the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo, but it manages to feel classier than both these cars. In fact, it feels like a proper Volkswagen, despite its compact dimensions and relatively low price.

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