Best used cars for learner drivers

Costs for new drivers are spiralling, so read our top 10 list of the best used cars for learners that are less than £10,000 and have group three insurance or lower...

Volkswagen Up 1.0 Beats [start stop]

4. Volkswagen Up

Our 2020 Used City Car of the Year is a great choice for new drivers, because it's nice to drive, has easy-to-judge dimensions and a peppy engine. All that’s true of its Mii and Citigo siblings, but the Up has a classier interior and holds its value better, so it’ll be worth more than the others when you’re done with it. Its official economy figure is one of the best around, at 64.2mpg, while group two insurance will keep a smile on your face.

We found: 2017 Volkswagen Up 1.0 Take Up 5dr, 10,358 miles, £6491

Nissan Micra long-term test review

This is the start of the group one insurance cars, which isn’t too surprising for the Nissan Micra, because not only does it have automatic emergency braking to help prevent you from getting into a low-speed collision but also lane departure warning to keep you on the straight and narrow. Its interior is pretty smart, too, and it’s rather frugal, at 61.4mpg. 

We found: 2017 Nissan Micra 1.0 Acenta, 20,566 miles

Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Like the Seat Ibiza we talked about earlier, the Volkswagen Polo is a spacious small car with plenty of equipment as standard. It may not be quite as darty to drive as the Spanish alternative, but then it's quieter once on the move and drops down into insurance group one, weirdly making the classier car the cheaper of the two to run if you’re young. You don’t have to do for the glacially slow 64bhp version in order to get low insurance, either, because the more powerful 74bhp 1.0-litre (capable of 60.1mpg) also manages to get into the lowest group. 

We found: 2018 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 75 SE, 11,967, £9944

Read the used Volkswagen Polo review here

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