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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21 Mar 2016 12:39 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The UK’s best-selling car is stylish and brilliant to drive, yet it's also affordable, with Ford dealers prepared to offer big discounts. The turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost versions are particularly good. It makes an excellent new or used choice, but it's worth noting that an all-new Fiesta is due to arrive later this year.

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8. Hyundai i10

Cheap to buy and run, the Hyundai i10 offers a lot of interior space for such a small car. It's also nippy and easy to park, plus SE versions and above come well equipped. No wonder the i10 is our reigning City Car of the Year.

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7. Renault Clio

Best first cars for new drivers 2018

Classy and quieter than ever before, the Clio is a great supermini with low running costs. It also offers a wider range of personalisation options than you’ll find on many of its rivals; you can go crazy with no end of colour and trim combinations.