Best first cars for new drivers 2019

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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What Car? team
25 November 2018

Volkswagen Polo

3. Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The Polo offers good interior quality, great infotainment and a comfortable ride. Only the higher than average price slightly lets it down, but if you value a premium badge then it's a great choice.

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Seat Ibiza 2018 UK cornering shot

The latest Ibiza is one of the best small cars around, with a strong range of petrol engines and plenty of space. It also works out cheaper per month than the Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta if you buy on finance, and insurance costs should be low.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review >

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1. Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

The Picanto has excellent handling, a generously sized boot and comes with a seven-year warranty. On top of that, it's slightly cheaper to buy than the Hyundai i10, and looks like great value compared with the Volkswagen Up, Seat Mii or Skoda Citigo.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >

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