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...

1. Best first cars for new drivers 2018
The best first cars for new drivers
New driver with Toyota Aygo
Looking online for cars for sale
Kia Rio
Skoda Fabia
Ford Fiesta
Seat Mii
Volkswagen Up
Skoda Citigo
Hyundai i10
Volkswagen Polo
Seat Ibiza
Kia Picanto
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Buying your first car is an exciting experience and the good news is that there are some excellent new cars on sale today that fit the bill for new and young drivers.

Finding the right first car is still a challenge, though. The options may be plentiful, but there are a lot of things that could make a big difference in how much it will cost to own.

Insuring your first car

Crucially, a first car has to be cheap to insure. Drivers with little or no experience behind the wheel are much more likely to be involved in an accident than older motorists who have racked up miles.

Insurance costs can be crippling, which is why it makes sense to go for a first car in one of the lowest insurance groups possible. UK insurance groups range from 1 (lowest) to 50 (highest), and a first car should be in single figures, ideally in group 5 or lower.

Start this slideshow to find out everything else you should look out for and to see our top 10 cars for new drivers.

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