What Car? Personal Shopper: best first car for £12,000

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What Car? Personal Shopper
What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

I'm looking for some guidance, please, because I want to buy a small car for my son's 18th birthday. It would be a cash sale, and I'm currently considering things such as the Hyundai i10, Vauxhall Viva, Volkswagen Up and Toyota Aygo. We currently have an old Suzuki Swift which we would trade in. Could you advise on which cars are best, please? My budget is around £12,000.


The brief

  • Small or city car
  • Petrol engine (based on low mileage for a young driver)
  • Around £12,000

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